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February 2017 - news from hub West Scotland
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Official Opening of Eastwood Health and Care Centre

Official Openings

Since summer 2016 hWS has handed over a significant number of community infrastructure facilities to our Participants: 2 Health and Care Centres to the NHS GG&C, at Eastwood and Maryhill; five new operational primary schools Bellsmyre and Kilpatrick for West Dunbartonshire Council; Lenzie Meadow for East Dunbartonshire Council and Kilmacolm and St. Patricks for Inverclyde Council.

The Health and Education sectors are priorities for the Scottish Government and these new facilities are helping to shape and transform the communities in which our Participants deliver services. We are preparing to hand over a further five essential community buildings by the end of this financial year, bringing our total of completed projects since 2012 to 21.
Official Opening of Lenzie Meadow Primary School
Official Opening of Bellsmyre Primary School
Maryhill Health Centre

Health Care Investment

The development of new Health and Care Centres demonstrates NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s commitment to working in partnership to tackling health inequalities, improving health and contributing to social regeneration in areas of deprivation.

Along with the two recently completed facilities at Eastwood and Maryhill the NHS GG&C are working with hWS on a further four Health and Care Centres: Gorbals and Woodside Health and Care Centres which will start on site this year; and Greenock and Clydebank Health and Care Centres which are currently well into the development stages. We are also developing two new mental health facilities at Stobhill Hospital with the NHS GG&C which sees the partnership deliver a total of 8 facilities since 2012.
hub West Scotland Christmas Charity Appeal 2016

Glasgow City Mission - Christmas Appeal

Following our successful sleeping bag appeal in 2015, we continued to support Glasgow City Mission this year through our Christmas Charity Appeal. Our Supply Chain Partners overwhelmed us with their generosity by donating close to 80 men’s winter jackets. We were delighted with the response, which enabled us to deliver the jackets to the Mission just in time for Christmas. 

We would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to our Supply Chain partners and to our own staff who also supported the appeal by supplying jackets, toiletry sets and taking time out of their busy week to collect money for the Mission bag packing at a local supermarket.
For more information on hub West projects, please see our website.

Education Engagement

hub West Scotland has been working with Morgan Sindall and Education Partners to facilitate a variety of education activities/workshops, as part of our commitment to share knowledge and inspire young people into the construction industry.  Through the Thomas Muir and Holy Trinity new build school projects, in East Dunbartonshire, we have delivered a variety of activities to pupils of all ages.  Pupils have participated in building Lego Towers and Giant Tetrahedrons, design related workshops, visited sites to see and learn about the construction of their new schools and learned about materials/equipment used.  All activities were planned to utilise pupils math, teamwork and communication skills and highlighted how they are relevant to the construction industry.

Work Experience Placements

Hub West Scotland worked in partnership WDC and BAM on the new Clydebank Leisure Centre, to develop a Work Experience Placement programme which embedded an employability focus and offered pupils real life work experience opportunities. 

Working with the two local high schools, St Peter the Apostle and Clydebank High School, the programme was implemented to provide pupils with industry information, career insights from BAM professionals, employability skills and recruitment processes, with pupils being tasked to apply for on-site work experience placements at the project. 

hWS and BAM presented at the schools S5/S6 assemblies to introduce the construction project, the careers available within construction and promote/advertise the placement opportunities.  Pupils were given a deadline to submit applications and attended interviews.  The work placements provided pupils the opportunity to work on a construction project and shadow the different management functions including, site management, site engineering and quantity surveying.

Rachel Meechan, a pupil from St Peter the Apostle High School noted “I have always been interested in Construction and wanted to find out more. The placement allowed me to shadow different people, on and off site, getting to experience all different parts of construction."  She added “I learned that it isn't all just male based work, women can do it too!"

Matthew Kiely noted  “I enjoyed learning about the role of Project and Site Manager and learning that they have to make sure everyone on site is doing their job correctly and that the project is being built without any problems."  He added, “I managed to learn a lot during my placement and I realised that construction had been stereotyped. That a lot of different roles are critical in building a project, even if people aren't working with their hands.

“I thought the interview and selection process was very worthwhile for them – the feedback was very professional.  The pupils were nervous about the interviews but BAM put them at ease and they all found it useful.  It was very positive for all the pupils involved – some were disappointed they weren’t chosen but were happy to have gone through the experience of application, interview and result”.
Stephen Campbell,  Principal Teacher Pastoral Care, St Peter the Apostle
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