Matthew returns to help plot career paths

9th November, 2022
General News

A former Kilwinning Academy School pupil went back to school in Ayrshire to encourage more young people to consider a career in engineering and construction.

Matthew Rose (27), a Quantity Surveyor with civil engineers BAM Nuttall Ltd, offered up his services at Loudoun Academy careers fair to talk about the benefits and variety a career in construction can offer.

He started his career as an apprentice doing part time study for a HND, and then progressed to a degree level qualification while continuing to work.

‘When I was growing up in Ayrshire there were never really any opportunities to find out about what this industry could offer, so I want try and help change that. In an ideal world everyone would know when they were leaving school what they wanted to do. But in the real world this is not the case. I want to ensure young people at least know engineering and construction are a viable option for them,’ he said.

Matthew is currently working on the Cross Tay Link Road just north of Perth. The project involves the construction of a new 3-span bridge over the River Tay and six kilometres of new road linking the A9 and the A93 to Blairgowrie and the A94 north of Scone. It also includes the realignment of two kilometres of dual carriageway on the A9 just north of Inveralmond Roundabout.

The new road will significantly reduce traffic congestion and related pollution in Perth City centre while opening up active travel opportunities and will give access to areas around the city for sustainable development.

‘What I like most about the job are the challenges and variety, no day is the same and no project is the same. Throw in opportunities to travel and see places you would never otherwise see makes a construction career a strong proposition,’ he added.

Picture shows: Matthew was the first employee from an engineering firm Loudoun Academy had ever had at one of their careers fairs.