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Speirs Gumley give Rosshall pupils a taste of a career in property

Glasgow property management, residential letting and surveying company Speirs Gumley delivered an innovative career event yesterday (22 March) which gave hundreds of 4th and 5th year pupils from Rosshall Academy in Crookston a taste of a trades careers in the property industry.  This event aimed to help more young people find a job by sharing insights on employment opportunities in the property sector. 

The company organised the Speirs Gumley Trades Day, which took place on Tuesday 22 March 2016, after signing up to the Glasgow Schools & Business Partnership programme.  The partnership was established by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow and Glasgow City Council. Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is host to Scotland’s first regional DYW group. 

The initiative encourages employers to partner up with a secondary school, actively participate in developing young people at the school, and help teachers to better understand the needs of different occupations and industry sectors. The aim is to increase employability by improving school leavers’ readiness for the world of work. On Trades Day, Speirs Gumley brought together around 20 tradespeople from across the industry, including electricians, plumbers, builders, gas and lift engineers.  They visited the school and met with pupils, offering valuable insight into their particular trade and answered a range of questions about how to get into the industry.

Lorraine MacDonald, Senior Partner of Speirs Gumley said: “Speirs Gumley is passionate about making a difference to the local community and giving something back.  As a property management and lettings company, we work with various trades on a daily basis and we encouraged these businesses to take part in this important event.  The participation of Speirs Gumley and our business associates helps to showcase these important and rewarding career options to pupils. The pupils attending gained crucial information what the next steps would be if they are interested in a trades career.   We’re excited about the potential of this important partnership programme.”  

Stephen Murphy, Assistant Head Teacher at Rosshall Academy said: “The Speirs Gumley Trades Day was a great success and around 300 interested pupils came along. Some of our pupils aren’t looking to go on to further education, but weren’t fully aware of the alternatives available to them, so to be able to meet people who have learned such a wide range of trades and have a chat with them about their jobs was an excellent opportunity. I am very grateful to Speirs Gumley for their partnership with Rosshall Academy and continuing support in what is an extremely worthwhile initiative.”