DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met Bo’ness Academy girls yesterday (Thursday) at a Forth Replacement Crossing event to promote construction careers for young women.
Leah Ireland, Megan Sherdley, Rachel Matthewson, Stephanie Sommerville, Hayley Anderson and Sarah Cochrane did a team exercise to build a five metre replica model of the iconic bridges.
Held at the new FRC education and contact centre, by leading construction industry bodies for Scottish Apprenticeship Week, pupils got an insight into skills needed.
They met female joinery, environmental engineering and painting and decorating ambassadors, and heard about career opportunities, plus the £790m FRC construction project, one of Britain’s biggest engineering feats.
In April, the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland confirmed job prospects of 25,000 people in Scotland were significantly improved in 2012/13 by taking up a Modern Apprenticeship opportunity.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Young people enrich businesses by bringing new enthusiasm and innovation to the workplace. They also equip companies with the necessary practical skills and qualifications to enable them to grow.”
She was ‘extremely interested’ to hear of work to encourage more young women into construction jobs, adding the Scottish Government was investing in schemes that backed jobs for young people.