Kilwinning pupils' healthy experience

Work underway to transform Kilwinning town centre is also set to provide some healthy work experience for a group of local students.

Fourth year students from Kilwinning Academy – Paul Reid, Mark Donaldson, Scott Nimmo and Robbie Davidson - have already had their first taste of working life on site – thanks to Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and contractors Land Engineering.

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The quartet received their company induction at Land Engineering’s Head Office in Fenwick and a site induction at Kilwinning before starting their activities on site of the £2.7 million upgrade of Main Street.

They are spending 5 days in total on site, and they will work on site every Wednesday until 18th November. The students work in three-man squads in different areas on site, where their task is to focus on health and safety and also to aid traffic management.

Although their time on site is not long enough to obtain a qualification, Kilwinning Academy is liaising with Kilmarnock College to see if they can gain a Health and Safety certificate.

James Ledgerwood of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, said: “What we are doing in Kilwinning is not only transforming the town centre, but also providing high quality opportunities to gain work experience for local young people. This builds further on the excellent links we have with local schools and further demonstrates our commitment to ensure the community benefits in as many ways as it can from the work we undertake.”

Gerry Miller, Training Manager at Land Engineering, said: “It’s encouraging to see young people showing an interest in working in this industry”

Sean Watson, a 5th year student from Kilwinning Academy, spent the October week working with Land Engineering’s Quantity Surveying department in Fenwick. He gained an insight into what is involved in being a quantity surveyor including calculating bills of quantities and digitising drawings. He also went out onto a site with a quantity surveyor and completed a site walkround, taking photographs and using a measuring wheel.