Cabinet Secretary meets with construction and surveying students

17 October 2014

Angela Constance MSP , Dr Gilmour and GCU students

Angela Constance MSP , Dr Gilmour and GCU students

Construction and surveying students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) met with the Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance MSP when she visited a construction training site this week.

The group of third-year students on the Environmental Civil Engineering programme were putting their skills to the test by constructing a bridge in just five days at a site in West Lothian. 

The training initiative was part of the students’ module and was organised by Constructionarium. It provides students with hands-on experience in constructing scaled-down versions of bridges, buildings and civil engineering projects. 

Dr Bob Gilmour, a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Civil Engineering, was also invited to address the Cabinet Secretary and guests at a reception. Dr Gilmour spoke of the importance of giving students practical training opportunities as well as providing the academic skills needed. He highlighted the University’s employability credentials, with 95% of GCU graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduating. In particular, graduates in the School of Engineering and Built Environment have gained work placements and employment with many leading construction companies. 

Dr Gilmour said: “This week was an opportunity for students to learn about construction in a real environment, where they have been faced with overcoming many challenges. The School strives to stay ahead of the game and consistently works to produce graduates who are ready for the world of work with practical experience and access to industry contacts.” 

He added: “Today’s event was an excellent opportunity to speak to the Minister about the importance of Constructionarium projects, which are an excellent vehicle for developing students employability attributes.”