McLaughlin Harvey and DG1
Joinery, electrical and plumbing are key parts of the business of McLaughlin Harvey, the company responsible for the recent upgrades to the DG1 entertainment complex in Dumfries. To meet the continued demand in the construction sector, the company will need to continue to recruit apprentices and qualified employees in the next few years. With this in mind, McLaughlin Harvey worked with DYW DG to encourage high school pupils in Dumfries and Galloway to learn more about the sector to encourage awareness of career options into the industry.
Engaging with the next generation was not yet a full part of the company corporate strategy and when senior management at the company were introduced to programme managers at DYW DG, they recognised the potential for working with young people. Joining the DYW DG originated DG Construction forum, they began discussing preparing work ready projects.
With a main priority of attracting new apprentices, the DYW team were able to advise a strategy on how to do this as well as raise the profile of themselves and the job roles they offer. DYW arranged several days based at the company's working site at DG1. Annan Academy pupils were keen to take part and were given a first hand experience of the entire site including a (then) exclusive tour of the facility and the upgrading that was taking place.
The pupils took part in dedicated workshops and given tasks to complete which covered joinery, electrical and plumbing processes.
Evan Peat of James Frew Ltd a partner in the DG1 upgrade said "The feedback from the workshops were very positive and we felt that the young people who attended were really engaged with the idea of joining the industry, They clearly liked the idea of the different pathways available to them, not just going to College or moving out of the region. They had lots of questions about the career options especially in electrical and plumbing."
"Going forward we would like to look at other sorts of workshops including looking at how we can show young people design, planning, project management and construction techniques. Through this they can see that the industry had many job and career possibilities."
Claire Biggar is McLaughlin Harvey's site administrator at DG1. " The work with DYW has been really valuable to us. It's helped introduce us to a new younger generation and it is especially helped us to understand how to connect with young people, what they want from their future careers and how to market and advertise our roles in the future."
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