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The Scottish Construction Group organised the seminar, which offered pupils a glimpse of the future of the sector using the latest technology while also giving them the chance to hear from a range of industry professionals.

Around 85 pupils from secondary schools across Glasgow attended the event and heard from speakers including Boyd McFee, Director at Sir Robert McAlpine, and Janice Carson from CGC.

Virtual reality

The event also involved input from young professionals in the sector who shared their experiences and ambitions for the future.

Pupils even had the chance to experience a range of construction sites first-hand thanks to Oculus Rift virtual reality technology supplied by Heriot-Watt University’s School of Energy, Geosciences, Infrastructure and Society.

The technology creates an immersive experience of construction projects, with pupils getting the chance to experience being on a roof, on top of a wind turbine and walking on a beam in a skyscraper setting 300ft above the ground in Philadelphia.

Pupils also heard about the construction of City of Glasgow College’s new campus and the opportunities that lie ahead through the Glasgow City Deal.

Exciting possibilities

Other exhibitors at the event included Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the CITB and the SCDI.

Billy Scott, Key Sector Manager for Construction at SDS, said: “This event was a great way of offering school pupils an insight into the exciting possibilities of a career in construction via various different methods.

“By hearing from people with decades of experience in the sector, from those who are just starting, and by having the chance to try out some cutting-edge technology, pupils got a good all-round feeling for the opportunities that exist.

“Events like this play an important role in encouraging more young people to consider a career in the sector.”

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