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
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
Teachers or education providers interested in arranging an
industry placement are encouraged to visit https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/marketplace,
or contact their regional Developing the Young Workforce team with
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