Wed 1 Mar 17
Fife school pupils get a crash course in engineering, technology and construction as part of the region's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) focus
In the run up to Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 6-10 March, new training workshops for primary 7 pupils are helping young people learn about engineering and technology by focusing on the Firth of Forth and the bridges which span her.
The workshops, which have been created in partnership by Fife Council, CCD Training, Fife Tourism Partnership and Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, support Fife's Culture of Enterprise Framework, which is designed to strengthen the economy and create a vibrant enterprise culture in Fife.
Celebrating the UNESCO Heritage Status awarded to the Forth Rail Bridge in 2015, the workshops look to the future with the new Queensferry Crossing.
The workshops culminate in the young people building their own bridge, supporting the ongoing development of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) focus in Fife, and the outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.
Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council's Depute Council Leader and Executive Spokesperson Economy and Planning, said: "Fife recognises the crucial role that schools play in getting pupils 'work ready' and partnership programmes such as 'Crossing the Black Water' are just one of the many ways we are helping to develop an enterprising workforce for the future under our Developing the Young Workforce agenda."
Ewen McDonnell, Community Liaison Manager, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) said: "The 'Crossing the Black Water' workshops complement the ongoing educational programme initiated by the Forth Replacement Crossing Project. The construction of the Queensferry Crossing is a major engineering project that has vast positive implications for Scotland's future.
"The creativity, innovative thinking and teamwork shown by the young people in the workshops augurs well for the future pipeline of talent available to the engineering and construction industries."
Fife Council says the region remains competitive and offers strong employment opportunities in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
It claims the design and construction of the Queensferry Crossing has alerted young people to the wide range of opportunities for careers involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
A series of workshops have taken place over the last five weeks, with the last workshop taking place tomorrow (21 February).