Saint-Gobain in Scotland, leader in the construction materials market, is supporting young people in partnership with the Prince’s Trust.
Students from schools in Lanarkshire recently visited Saint-Gobain brands International Timber and Jewson, and were given an overview of the businesses as part of the Future Starts programme.
The programme, run by the Prince’s Trust, is aimed at 14-16 year olds at risk of withdrawing from education, and helps them to access further training and employment opportunities. By the end of the 2017 academic year, the Prince’s Trust will have supported 728 school leavers in Scotland.
Following the branch visits, students will be given opportunities to take part in placements at Saint-Gobain brands in the local area, spending one day a week over four weeks in branches close to school catchment areas.
Stuart McKill, Sustainable Habitat Leader in Scotland, said: “We are proud to be supporting Future Starts, a programme that helps young people into employment following compulsory education, and we will continue to work closely with the Prince’s Trust to highlight the many opportunities available in the construction industry for young people.
“The next visit from Dundee and Glasgow schools will be later this month, and we look forward to giving students an insight into the businesses during the visit and through subsequent work placements.”
Allan Watt, Prince's Trust, Director said: “We have been working with the construction industry to try and address the current skills shortage, and through our work with Saint-Gobain, we hope to provide invaluable experience to a number students in the local area.”
For more information about the Prince’s Trust, visit: www.princes-trust.org.uk