A taste of construction

A helping hand from CGC for teenagers to give them a taste of work

PAISLEY firm City Gate Construction is delivering a helping hand to teenagers keen to get a taste of a working life.

It is providing work for five teenagers over the summer to show them how rewarding careers in construction can be.

Some have been put forward by the charity Action for Children which helps young people while others attend schools in Renfrewshire.

CGC says it is part of its commitment to helping attract the right young workers into construction.

Those taking part are already learning about construction work by helping on CGC’s building sites and at CGC’s steel fabrication base in Fulbar Road, Paisley.

The work with young people follows CGC’s visit to St Andrew’s Academy in Paisley in January.

The school held a hugely successful “I Can Do Anything” event for second year pupils and invited local businesses to come in to offer advice on careers.

CGC sent members of staff along to advise the young people who might be thinking of careers in construction, including plumbing, plastering, joinery and electrical work.

Leo Reilly, Managing Director of CGC said the work it was doing with young people reflecting the firm’s ongoing commitment to the community.

Leo said: “We want young people to think about careers in construction and the benefits they can bring.  There is a huge range of work that is on offer with construction companies like ourselves and increasingly young women and young men and choosing this as a career option.

”When we went to St Andrew’s Academy in January, which I attended as a pupil, we were able to engage with second year pupils which we found very rewarding. We are committed to giving young people work experience and a taste of a working life.”

Action for Children is not the first charity which has had a link up with CGC. The business has in the past hired apprentices from the equally–admirable charity Barnardo’s Scotland.

One of the Renfrewshire school pupils taken on for the summer is Matthew McDowell (16) who attends Paisley Grammar School and who said: “I’m enjoying it very much. I’m learning a lot on the site in Maryhill in Glasgow where CGC is at work. There’s lots to learn and it is great experience.

CGC already supports young people through its Apprenticeship Programme which provides a firm grounding in construction work. Adults are also hired as apprentices with one currently in his forties.

Apprentices’ learning involves college work and workplace training to equip them with the skills needed for a successful construction career.

CGC was named as Renfrewshire’s Employer of the Year in March of this year.