Pupils of St Andrew’s RC Secondary School in Glasgow’s East End have been involved in a community investment project, delivered as part of the £60m investment in the new North East Hub Health and Care Centre for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

The project is being delivered by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s development partner hub West Scotland who have a passion for ensuring that every project they deliver has a local impact. They tailor their Community Investment strategy, to suit the client’s requirements, create bespoke education programmes and provide employment opportunities which are directed to local people and local businesses.

Hub West Scotland, BAM Construction, Skills Development Scotland, and the North East Hub design team, designed a bespoke Education Programme to support students enrolled in the Level 4 Foundation Apprenticeship Course at Glasgow Kelvin College.

The students had a real-life client, the local Parkhill Assisted Special Needs School. The school had identified the need for an outdoor learning and seating area for their pupils to use and enjoy, this formed the project brief. The students worked with the Architects, Engineers and Quantity Surveyors to learn how to design, engineer and cost the project.

The young people went on to spend time with the main contractor BAM to understand what activities are involved in the lead up to starting a building project on site. The students were then given practical experience during the construction of the project.

Hub West Scotland and BAM Construction will continue to support the students into apprentice opportunities when the new North East Hub project starts on site in 2022.

Angeline Robertson, Partnerships Director, hub West Scotland said: ‘our aim is to maximise the design period of projects to get local people the right support to enable them go on to employment during the construction stage of our projects. This year, spent with the students at St Andrew’s Secondary School, has been a huge success and everyone involved should be proud of what we have achieved together. We are excited to continue to support the students in the next stage towards employment on the project.’

We understand the importance of engaging with education and promoting the construction industry and it has been fantastic to help deliver this education programme and to support the students. We were delighted to get the students on site for work experience as part of the project build and know this has added to their overall experience.

Claire Anderson

Social Impact Manager, BAM

Hoskins Architects said: ‘We are delighted to have been part of the team that developed and delivered this innovative course, providing young people with hands-on experience in the design and construction of a building that will benefit their local community. The students participated in a series of workshops culminating in the construction of the building, learning about the key stages of a project, the various roles and collaboration involved along the way. We hope the students were inspired by the project and recognise how their involvement will enhance people’s lives and their environment.’

Lisa Murphy, St Andrew’s RC Secondary School added: ‘For us it has been a great collaboration as its contextualised the learning of our pupils. All pupils have got so much from the programme.’