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Employability programme reaches record number of students

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

RECORD numbers of Scottish school children are set to benefit from an award-winning employability skills programme, as Esh Border Construction’s Building My Skills launches for the third academic year.

The initiative, which will engage 42 businesses and 2,000 students from 14 secondary schools across Scotland, brings together pupils and employers.

Its aim is to offer students a well-rounded introduction to the world of work, equip them with valued employability skills, and deliver relevant and worthwhile advice from real business people.

Simon Philips, Managing Director, of Esh Border Construction said:

“It is wonderful to have such a wide variety of delivery partners on board for this year’s programme.

“The ethos of Esh Border Construction is very much rooted in the ideal of giving back to the communities in which we operate. That is why ‘Added Value’ programmes, such as Building My Skills, play such an important role in our delivery.

“We are extremely proud of the initiative and it has been truly wonderful to see how it has grown in Scotland. Special thanks should go to our valued delivery partners, our Added Value team, and of course the participating schools and their ever eager pupils.”

Darush Dodds, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Added Value at Esh, said:

“The collaborative nature of Building My Skills is what makes it such a unique offering and we’re very excited by this year’s programme. It is great to see so many businesses on board as we look to deliver worthwhile quality careers information to the workforce of the future.”

Students from schools across the Central Belt, Fife, the Lothians, and Borders will receive five 45minute sessions from a range of business sectors, delivered across the academic year

Businesses taking part include: Edinburgh Airport, Peace Recruitment, Jewson, Peter Brett Associates, Contract Scotland, Kwik Fit, NHS Borders, Dyslexia Scotland, Fife Council, and Rabbie’s Tours.

Each session is delivered by a different business guest who will provide an insight into their career path, their sector, valued employability skills and support the completion of a ‘checkpoint’.

The scheme is backed by the Developing Young Workforce (DYW) programme – which aims to better prepare children and young people aged 3–18 for the world of work.

Jen Henderson, Programme Manager with DYW said:

“The Building My Skills programme provides a fantastic forum to develop the employability of students. The programme is delivered by a community of business partners who, by the wide array of businesses and sectors they represent, also offer a diverse breadth of insights which we haven’t seen before. DYW Forth Valley are really excited to be part of this and supporting Esh and the business partners to grow and develop our future workforce in Scotland.”

Students who successfully complete the programme will be invited to the regional mock interview day – where they will be put through their paces by a local employer.

The scheme, which is now underway, has received national plaudits including nomination in the CSR category at the flagship Scottish Business Awards, Business in the Community’s coveted ‘National Big Tick for Education Partnership’, and CECA National Inspiring Education National awards.

Companies wishing to take part in Building My Skills can contact addedvalue@esh.uk.com for more information.



Notes to Editors

  1. Esh Construction delivers an extensive range of services including Property and Facilities Management, Civil Engineering, and Property Refurbishment and Build for the affordable housing sector and wider public and private sectors.
  2. In the year to the end of December 2015, Esh Group delivered a turnover of £275m and profit before tax of £8.6m.
  3. Esh Group provides construction and construction-related services to both public and clients. It directly employs over 1,200 people with substantial operations in an area from Central Scotland to Northern England from local offices in Central Scotland, Scottish Borders, Northumberland, Cumbria, County Durham and Yorkshire. Services delivered include brownfield remediation, civil engineering, design and build, refurbishment, fencing, landscaping, plumbing, facilities services, social housing, private housing and commercial development.
  4. ESH Construction consists of:

Esh Border Construction                      construction services in Scotland, Cumbria, North West England

Esh Property Services                          social housing new build and regeneration

Esh Facilities                                        comprehensive buildings maintenance services

Lumsden & Carroll Civil Engineering   ground works and civil engineering

Esh Build                                              commercial new build


DEVELOPMENT BUSINESSES: Esh Developments, Dunelm Homes, Esh Acorn Homes



Bartram Walker                                   mechanical + plumbing installation + maintenance

Remedios                                            innovative diagnosis brownfield remediation services

Deerness Fencing + Landscaping      landscaping, fencing manufacture + installation

Green Energies                                    energy saving, heat + power

Esh Training Solutions                           employment + construction related skills training

Mechplant                                          operated + non-operated plant hire

Stephen Easten Specialist Building     historic buildings restoration


ESH CHARITABLE TRUST                        support for communities, education and young people funded through Esh Group resources



Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Esh Border Construction