Concrete in the Classroom, in partnership with DYW Glasgow, delivered a programme of activity to promote the construction industry to young Glasgow pupils. This experiential learning programme, which follows Curriculum for Excellence principles, is run by Concrete Scotland and is supported by CITB.
The programme aims to impart an understanding of basic concrete technology, material handling and health and safety in the workplace through the delivery of five classroom lessons and culminating in a site visit to a local concrete factory to contextualise the learning into the wider world of work.
A total of 30 young people from St Mungo's Academy and King's Park Secondary School took part followed by tours at Cemex and Hanson at Polmadie, Glasgow.
"It was great, I really enjoyed it - especially the site tour. The only thing I would change is to make it longer."
S3 Technical pupil, King's Park Secondary School
Bringing industry into the classroom is important to encourage young people to think about the world of work and the number of opportunities that are available across a variety of different sectors. Opportunities like Concrete in the Classroom bring the world of work to life for young people as well as give the teaching staff more information to share with pupils.
"We had 16 young boys and girls on the course and they all thoroughly enjoyed it. They were engaged throughout the programme, asking different questions and the site visit really made it real for them."
Paul McWatt, Deputy Head Teacher, St Mungo's Academy
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