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Ten pupils from four secondary schools in the Clyde Gateway area have become the latest graduates from the popular and successful ‘Get Into Engineering’ programme.

The ten-week programme, which is now in its fifth year, was run by Clyde Gateway, Robertson Group, Glasgow Kelvin College and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and attracted participants from each of St Mungo’s Academy, Eastbank Academy, Trinity High and Stonelaw Academy.

The pupils were provided with a full range of experiences in engineering with one of the highlights a training session on Computer Aided Design (CAD), where they created 3D wheels before fitting them on foam rocket cars and putting them to the test at Glasgow Kelvin College where the vehicles reached speeds of 50mph. They were also able to experience life in a live work environment thanks to two visits to Red Tree Magenta, the new office building being developed by Clyde Gateway and built by Robertson Group. The programme also incorporated a visit to the UWS campus in Paisley, taking a tour of the engineering facilities and the labs.

Gemma Gourlay, director of social sustainability for Robertson Group, said: “It is important for us as industry leaders to work in collaboration with education providers and organisations such as Clyde Gateway to support such a positive initiative that has a lasting impact on the next generation of construction engineers.

“Not only are the pupils able to try their hand at the different technologies and processes used in engineering, but they supplement their practical skills with our specially designed e-learning module which helps build a theoretical understanding of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.

“Hopefully we’ll one day welcome the pupils as Robertson engineers to our projects across the country!”

The graduation ceremony was held in Bridgeton with proud family members and friends in attendance along with representatives from each of the delivery partners.

Ann Marie Burns, project manager for education, business and community growth at Clyde Gateway, said: “The Get Into Engineering programme is now in its fifth year and is proving to be more popular than ever. It is all about offering additional learning opportunities around the STEM agenda to our young students and providing them with a first-hand experience into what is one of the most in-demand professions in the modern economy.

“It is a programme that we are proud of for so many reasons and a superb example of what can be achieved through collaboration and the excellent and invaluable support from universities and businesses.”

Published Date: 5th April 2018
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