14th January 2019
Last month, Ryan Curry, a teacher at St. Patrick’s College Dungannon, undertook a placement on Farrans’ South Lake Leisure Centre site in Craigavon.
Ryan shadowed individuals from Farrans’ M&E, planning, commercial and site team on the leisure sector project which is being undertaken on behalf of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and was procured through the SCAPE framework.
Here, Ryan reflects on his time spent on site:
Completing the STEM Teacher Insight placement with Farrans on their South Lake Leisure Centre project has been a very enjoyable experience and a great learning curve, giving me a wide range of information, which will be invaluable to feedback to the pupils of St Patrick’s College Dungannon.
Coming from the classroom to the building site has opened my eyes to the wide range of careers which exist on site from site manager, engineers, quantity surveyors, mechanical and electrical co-ordinators, project managers, placement planners and admin staff - to name but a few!
The role that I was most interested to discover that existed was that of the Stakeholder Engagement Co-ordinator and the opportunities that we will be able to co-ordinate for the pupils of St Patrick’s College.
Shadowing all roles was very inspiring and attending Health & Safety meetings and a meeting with members from Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council added greatly to the experience, giving me a holistic overview of the project.
Additionally, observing the high quality of facilities provided for all workers was inspiring and the high level of team morale created by events and reward incentives such as ‘Employee of the Month’ assure me that it is essential that the pupils of St Patrick’s College develop a range of soft and transferable skills.
It is therefore our duty to continue to promote and offer pupils with a variety of enrichment activities and real-life learning experiences across the curriculum.
This placement was also enriched by hearing how the members of the Farrans team have secured their role at Farrans. Hearing about their educational and training experiences has given me a greater understanding and a wealth of knowledge to feedback to pupils and staff.
Continuing to promote STEM subjects across the curriculum alongside allowing pupils and staff to avail of site visits, careers in construction presentations, talks on employability skills and interview preparation are areas that I look forward to working with Farrans in order to deliver.
Thank you to everyone at Farrans for giving me this excellent opportunity and I look forward to working with you in the near future to fulfil our motto at St Patrick’s College Dungannon: “Together Inspiring Generations”.