Continuing our commitment to providing student work placements, a 6th year pupil from Linlithgow Academy, Ewan Crail, has just completed a 4-week pupil placement with Maxi Construction Limited, based at West Lothian Council’s Linlithgow Partnership Centre.
Our Construction Director, Barry Simpson – a CITB Construction Skills Ambassador, formulated a bespoke training plan after discussion with Ewan for his placement which included:
- introduction to commercial management and forms of contract
- introduction to site management and responsibilities
- completing site records including diaries
- accompany members of the site management team on quality and safety inspections
- Head Office visit to find out more about the roles played by all Departments within a construction company.
Ewan said “This work experience was really enjoyable. I feel that it has given me a foot up and therefore an advantage over other candidates now that I have some practical experience. This programme has helped me to decide that I definitely want to work in construction and I would certainly recommend it to anyone that is thinking about a career in construction but isn’t sure of what it involves. I really appreciated this opportunity and I learned a lot from it.”
Barry commented “This experience has cemented Ewan’s desire to pursue a career in construction. He showed a great deal of interest in this bespoke programme and he fully embraced the opportunity. We are pleased to be able to offer these opportunities to young people and it’s very rewarding to see a level of enthusiasm such as that demonstrated by Ewan. We will be discussing further initiatives with West Lothian Council and our other Clients to include similar programmes, school visits and other work placement opportunities as part of our commitment to promoting careers in construction.”
Sarah Forbes, Advisor for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), added: “It is fantastic that Maxi Construction is giving young people the opportunity to experience first-hand what a career in construction involves. I’m glad that Ewan has decided on a career in construction, as it is a rewarding and varied career choice. The construction industry offers endless opportunities where you can start off as an apprentice and end up owning your own business.”
Executive Councillor for culture and leisure Dave King said: “It’s great to see the new Linlithgow Partnership Centre project is already delivering benefits for local young people like Ewan. The new £4m partnership centre will be an excellent asset to the community, creating a first class hub for services in the heart of the town.”
Ewan is pictured, below centre, with Barry Simpson our Construction Director (l) and Andrew Calder, Project Manager (r).