Ellon Academy pupils make challenge finals

Pupils from Ellon Academy joined more than 120 pupils from secondary schools across the North-east for a series of online, construction-based challenges.

By Morag Kuc
Thursday, 17th December 2020, 6:42 am

The project was part of an initiative to highlight the exciting and rewarding career opportunities within the sector.

The ‘Build Your future’ Challenge was launched by Grampian Construction Training in 2019 and teams of ten S2 pupils from every school in Aberdeen City and Shire were invited to take part.

The final was held at Aberdeen Football Club, and over 100 pupils took part in 10 practical tasks, covering a range of areas from construction law to civil engineering.

This year’s challenge saw pupils take part from the safety of their own school using video conferencing and competing in groups of three teams at a time.

There were four challenges in total, ranging from “Guess Who?”, a general introduction to the range of career opportunities within construction, to a health and safety task that required pupils to evaluate the increased safety measures on all building sites as a result of the pandemic.

Following a week of heats, the team from Ellon will join those from Banchory, Alford, Aboyne, Mintlaw, and Hazlehead Academies in the final, which will take place online on January 28.

Kevin Urquhart, Construction Director of Barratt Home, said: “This focus on the future and careers is so important, which is why we’ve supported this fantastic initiative.”

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