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Champions of East of Scotland Construction and Built Environment Challenge announced

26 Jan 2012

A team of 10 pupils from Preston Lodge High School in Prestonpans, East Lothian, have become the 2011-2012 East of Scotland Construction and Built Environment Challenge champions, after beating off competition from over 26 other schools from across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Supporting the Curriculum for Excellence, the competition offers pupils the opportunity to take part in constructive teamwork and active learning outside the classroom. Throughout the heat stages, groups were set construction-related challenges.
The team of S2 pupils, aged between 13 and 14, scooped the title after an outstanding performance in series of activities at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, on Thursday 19th January 2012. These involved assembling a garden shed, tiling a replica roof and solving plumbing and electrical challenges. Second and third place was won by Armadale High School and Tynecastle High School respectively.
Ian Stirrat, Operations Manager in Scotland for SummitSkills who sponsored the event, said: “Congratulations to Preston Lodge High School as worthy winners of the CABEC East Final. The range of challenges undertaken which gives a practical outlet to the work covered under the Curriculum for Excellence will have given them an insight into some of the areas of work within the building services engineering sector, which some may wish to pursue as a career. SummitSkills is delighted to sponsor this event. The industry needs young people such as these to ensure it continues to offer first class products and services.”
Anne Galbraith, Chief Executive of SECTT, a partner organisation to the event, said: “Well done to all the finalists and especially Preston Lodge High School who have triumphed today. This year’s challenge has seen some of the region’s best talent - next year’s youngsters certainly have big shoes to fill.
“Undertaking a trade or starting a career in the construction or engineering industry is an excellent choice and it’s very positive to see the young people who have taken part throughout the competition, eagerly experiencing the skills required.”
The enthusiastic pupils were judged on teamwork, following instruction, working safely, tidiness, time and accuracy. Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, was in attendance and was on hand to award prizes to the winning team.
The triumphant youngsters from Preston Lodge were delighted to take home the East of Scotland Construction and Built Environment Challenge trophy, a cheque for £300 for the school’s CDT department and vouchers for the team members.
Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages said: “I would like to congratulate the winners and finalists for their sterling achievements in this year’s competition. The annual Construction and Built Environment Challenge is a great platform, in line with Curriculum for Excellence, for youngsters to transform classroom learning into practical experience and hone the skills required for a career in the construction sector. This event is a fantastic showcase for youngsters looking to move into the industry and ensure Scotland’s construction sector is in good hands for the future.’’
Now in its twelfth year, the East of Scotland Challenge this year is sponsored by the Scottish Government and SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for Building Services Engineering, and is also supported by ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for Construction.

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