A group of East Renfrewshire schoolkids visited a construction site to learn more about careers for women in the industry.

A total of 10 pupils from Barrhead High, St Ninian’s High and Woodfarm High were welcomed to a new development in Robertson Street, Barrhead, by CCG, the company in charge of the project.

Barrhead High pupil Olivia Welsh, 16, was particularly interested as she has set her sights on a career in construction.

Olivia is now hopeful of becoming a project manager after hearing about this option at a school careers event, where a female project manager spoke to students about the excellent career and travelling opportunities in the construction industry.

“I saw this site visit as a good opportunity to speak to people in the industry who know about what’s involved in the job and to find out the different routes into a career in project management,” said Olivia.

“I would love to have a career in project management as I think it would allow me to travel around the world.”

Organised by East Renfrewshire Council’s Developing the Young Workforce team, the pupils heard from CCG site manager Darren White and community benefits co-ordinator Claire Mistretta.

A spokeswoman for CCG said the visit was a worthwhile exercise.

She added: “We were delighted to welcome students to our site.

“It is an exciting time to be considering a career in construction, so it is important to us that we engage with young people at the earliest opportunity.”