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School holiday sees North Berwick High School teacher take up a trade for a day

14 August 2017

School holidays are coming to a close, with students across Scotland set to return to the classroom this week. For one North Berwick High School teacher though, the summer was less about taking a break and more about taking up a new opportunity.

Marketplace is an online resource to connect the classroom with the world of work, enabling teachers to enhance the learning experience of their students with industry insight. During the summer, North Berwick High School teacher Seonaid Hudson experienced first hand the benefit of Marketplace by spending a day working alongside the team at Morrison Construction.

Seeking a clearer understanding of the opportunities available in the construction industry, Seonaid was based with the project team at the East Lothian Community Hospital Project. She was given a site induction, a full site tour, shadowed the Project Managers, worked with the Quantity Surveyors and was shown a 'mock up' of a hospital room which had been built off-site.

Samantha Lamond, Project Skills Coordinator at Morrison Construction, said "this visit gave us the opportunity to give Seonaid a real insight into the variety of careers involved in a project of this size, the skills needed to work in the industry and the excellent career progression opportunities available.

"Morrison Construction are keen to support teacher work placements as we feel the teachers are the starting point for pupils to realise the diverse range of careers on a site and they can feed back their experiences to the pupils, bringing the career to life."

Seonaid will undoubtedly have much to share with students in the coming term, as following her placement she said that "this visit gave me a much clearer idea of the skills young people should be developing at school to take them into the wider world.

"[Morrison Construction] couldn't have done more to make me feel welcome. They were consummate professionals, who were passionate about the building industry. They were keen to explain all the different roles/careers available in industry and the different pathways young people can take into different careers."

She added that the work placement "exceeded all expectations" and she "would highly recommend more teachers experience work placements."

Teachers or education providers interested in arranging an industry placement are encouraged to visit, or contact their regional Developing the Young Workforce team with any questions.

Pictured: North Berwick High School teacher Seonaid Hudson enjoys a tour of East Lothian Community Hospital Project by Morrison Construction Project Managers Chris Grimshaw and Fraser Howat.