Open day drives kids to consider options

LAGTA's Billy White and Graeme Park present an iPad to Firpark Secondary pupils Matthew Reid and Peter Jamieson.
LAGTA's Billy White and Graeme Park present an iPad to Firpark Secondary pupils Matthew Reid and Peter Jamieson.

Eurocentral-based LAGTA Ltd held an open day to demonstrate its commitment to ‘Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce’.

The firm is Scotland’s longest established training provider to the automotive and logistics industries, and wants to find positive and meaningful pathways to employment for pupils from North Lanarkshire’s secondary schools.

The central message of the day was that LAGTA can provide clear pathways from the schools’ programme to modern apprenticeships within the automotive industry.

The open day was packed with activities designed to demonstrate the wide range of career opportunities within the automotive industry including mechanics, vehicle painters and body repair technicians.

Among the schools who attended the event was a group of pupils from Firpark Secondary in Motherwell who have been developing a growing relationship with LAGTA.

The vocational opportunities LAGTA provide are an integral part of the school’s curriculum and particularly popular with the Firpark pupils were spray painting, electronics, diagnostics and engine management.

Graeme Park, LAGTA schools’ coordinator, said: “Firpark pupils have been benefitting from this training on day release now for several years, and have been able to develop skills that they could carry forward into the workplace.”

At the open day event, Firpark Secondary won an iPad in the inter-schools competition and S6 pupils Matthew Reid and Peter Jamieson, were presented with the iPad by Mr Park and LAGTA operations manager Billy White on a recent visit to the school.

Both boys are part of the LAGTA schools initiative, and hope to join its modern apprenticeships programme in the automotive industry on leaving school.

To learn more about modern apprenticeships visit www.lagta.co.uk.