July 2019

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Building and civil engineering contractors McLaughlin & Harvey have been in business for over 160 years and have operations throughout the UK and Ireland.  The company delivers quality construction projects across a range of sectors, from healthcare to education, retail, sports, commercial and transport infrastructure.

In Glasgow, McLaughlin & Harvey are currently working on the development of a new multi-level office suite for global finance firm Barclays in Buchanan Wharf on the south of the city.  As part of this project, DYW Glasgow has been working with the business to help them create a formal partnership with a Glasgow secondary school.  This partnership will allow local pupils to learn more about the world of construction through the duration of the Buchanan Wharf build. 

Gillian Pettigrew, McLaughlin & Harvey’s Group Community Engagement Coordinator explained:

“Over the past six months we have developed an official partnership with Hyndland Secondary School in the west of the city.  Together with DYW Glasgow we have agreed an ongoing programme of site visits for pupils from S4 upwards to visit our Buchanan Wharf development and learn what we, and a number of our contractors are doing, to see the project through from inception to completion.

“As an employer, we are committed to providing education and learning opportunities, and our aim with this partnership is to encourage more young people to consider a job in the construction industry – whether that’s as a Quantity Surveyor, a Project Manager or in one of the many lines of contract work such as electrics or plumbing.    

“At the moment, Hyndland Secondary are also looking at running a Foundation Apprenticeship course in systems engineering.  We hope that through our partnership, a number of those candidates will be paired with us while we work on the Barclays project.”

During the site visits, pupils will be invited to taster sessions with different trades people as well as get the opportunity to ask questions about the different professions and day to day work. 

McLaughlin & Harvey also offer a four-year Graduate Apprenticeship Trainee Scheme to give young people the opportunity to train as Civil Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, Building Services Managers or Site Managers.

In Glasgow, the business partners with Glasgow Caledonian University and take on up to six trainees each year, allowing their Trainees to Earn and Learn.  Training includes time in relevant departments across the company, offering individuals a broader understanding of how the business operates and giving young people the opportunity to get directly involved in live projects such as the Buchanan Wharf..

Great work, McLaughlin & Harvey! 


July 2019

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