Girls' horizons widened at career event
More than 80 of our pupils took part in an event aimed at increasing the number of young women going into construction, property, technology and engineering jobs.
Pupils from all seven of the area's high schools attended the day to find out more about the wide range of careers available in these industries, which have traditionally been male dominated.
Representatives from a number of companies, including house builders and consultants involved in the council's development sites, were on hand to provide advice and information to the pupils.
The event was organised as part of the commitment of these companies to provide benefits to the communities in which they are delivering development projects for the council.
It also provided another opportunity to deliver an employer-led information day, which is a key part of the Developing the Young Workforce Programme.
It is so important that we provide high quality learning opportunities for our young people which are linked to the skills needed by employers. By bridging this gap between education and employers it ensures that our pupils are prepared for moving into the world of work. I'm delighted that so many girls had this opportunity to find out more about the range of jobs available within these industries and were able to hear first-hand from leading business women about their experiences. By hosting events such as these it will play an important part in ensuring equality in STEM subjects, such as maths, business technology and geography.
Councillor Elaine Green - Convener for Education
Key note speeches were delivered by Gillian Kirkness, Equity Director at Doig and Smith, and Lauren Brown, Chartered Quantity Surveyor at Doig and Smith, before an interactive workshop and networking opportunities.
The other companies involved in the day were Heron Bros, Turner Townsend, hub West Scotland, Matrix, Taylor Wimpey Homes, BDP, Peter Brett on behalf of the Women in Property network, and BAE Systems.
The community benefits these companies deliver as part of their work on development projects in East Renfrewshire are crucial. It is an opportunity for the companies to give something back to the community and by offering their advice and expertise to this group of girls I'm sure it will have provided inspiration that they too can forge a career in these industries. The event was a fantastic success and I look forward to seeing more of these types of events in the future.
Councillor Tony Buchanan, Convener for Infrastructure and Sustainable Growth