Work Placements to Mini-Golf: Community Wealth Building

A.C. Whyte places a strong emphasis on community wealth building as a fundamental area of focus. We strive to create a significant impact in each community we work in, by collaborating with Local Authorities and Housing Associations, we develop tailored community benefits plans that address the unique needs of the communities, ultimately making a positive difference in people’s lives. Here are a few recent examples of our initiatives:

Coatbridge High School in North Lanarkshire has partnered with us to provide two individuals with an exciting opportunity for work placements. These placements, spanning five days starting on May 15th, aim to cater to the interests of these individuals, who each hold a strong passion for the construction industry. During this period, they will have the invaluable experience of working alongside our Site Manager and skilled operatives, immersing themselves in the day-to-day life of a construction worker within an authentic site environment.

In collaboration with Kaimes High School in Edinburgh, we are actively participating in the ‘Build your Future’ programme. Our objective is to utilise recycled materials to construct something beneficial for the school grounds. Collectively, we have devised a brilliant concept called the ‘mini-golf challenge.’ Our Skills Academy Principal, Tommy Campbell, will dedicate his time on a weekly basis to guide and assist the students in creating this masterpiece. By employing crushed up recycled insulation boards, the base of the mini-golf course will feature a replica of Edinburgh Castle. This engaging project will foster team-building skills and result in a delightful playground feature for the school.

In the past year alone, our efforts in Edinburgh have been impactful. We have contributed 163 hours of team time, conducted nine school visits, engaged with over 1000 young individuals, conducted two skills demonstrations relating to net zero practices, awarded over £320k to local small and medium-sized enterprises, and donated over £6k to selected charities. The impact of our work is evident in the feedback we receive. A teacher from Gracemount High School shared the following comment about Tommy, our passionate and positive Skills Academy Principal:

Tommy’s passion and positivity shines through in every engagement with pupils. His personality puts young people at ease, allowing them to enjoy the activity and develop their skills. He encourages pupils to consider his trade as a realistic option for them, helping them to understand the different routes and pathways into the industry, and he manages to engage even the most reluctant learner to participate in the task in hand.

Through our community-focused efforts, we aim to empower individuals, foster skill development, and inspire future generations to explore diverse opportunities within the construction industry.