Hundreds of young people have taken part in events around Scotland run by infrastructure giant Robertson Group to highlight career opportunities in the construction industry.
The Elgin and Stirling-based company said that with an estimated 10,000 more workers required in the sector over the coming five years, it was “really important” to inspire the next generation.
The company has also set up partnerships with six schools, including Elgin Academy, as well as with Inverness College UHI, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, and a number of other further education establishments.
Events run by the firm as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week included an engineering programme, which saw secondary school students create models of rocket cars using AutoCAD and 3D printing, and a number of site visits.
Gemma Gourlay, the group’s director of social sustainability, said: “While we engage with young people on a constant basis throughout the year, campaigns such as Scottish Apprenticeship Week give us an additional platform to communicate not only with young people but also education providers and parents.
“Over the next five years, there will be an estimated 10,000 workers needed in the construction industry, so the work we carry out now is really important.
“We’ve been impressed by the volume of young people who, as a result of meeting with our team, have decided that a life in construction is for them.”