It's out of the classroom and on to a building site for local teachers

Local teachers have been donning hard hats and work boots as part of a scheme to better equip them to provide career information to pupils.

CCEA Teacher Insight Visits give teachers first-hand experience of business and industry away from the school environment, and this week a delegation visited the Graham Bam construction site at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, where a new wing of the hospital is being constructed.

Teachers with Contracts Director at Graham Bam, Bert McCulloch.
Pictured L-R are Graham Bam Project Director Peter Reavey, Regent House School teacher Shirley McIlwaine, Ballymena Academy teacher James Turtle and Contracts Director at Graham Bam, Bert McCulloch.

Bert McCulloch, Contracts Director Graham Bam said:

"We are delighted to welcome teachers from throughout Northern Ireland to the Graham Bam site at the Ulster Hospital. It is important for us to engage with the education sector to ensure that young people in Northern Ireland are aware of the opportunities in Construction. The teachers who attended this event were very enthusiastic and heartened by what they had seen and experienced."

CCEA Education Manager, Vivienne Bannon commented:

"The Teacher Insight Visits provide teachers of all subjects the opportunity to learn more about an industry outside of the Education sector. They can then return to the classroom with the confidence to discuss different career options with their students. Today at the Graham Bam site at the Ulster Hospital, teachers were given an insight into project management, engineering, design, construction and health estates. They had a tour of the construction site and got to speak with both construction professionals and medical practitioners about the work that goes into such a large-scale and complex build."

Teachers get a tour of the Graham Bam construction site at the Ulster Hospital.
Teachers get a tour of the Graham Bam construction site at the Ulster Hospital.

Teachers with Graham Bam Liaison Officer
Pictured L-R are St Franchea's teacher Leonara Dundas, De La Salle Teacher John Hanna and Graham Bam Liaison Officer Brigid McGuigan

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