Springfield employees inspire Sunnyside kids

6 June 2018
Kids dressed up

Staff from Springfield Properties inspired youngsters at Sunnyside Primary School in Craigend, Glasgow for ‘world of work week’. 

Sunnyside Primary Teacher, Karen Richardson, invited representatives from the Scottish housebuilder to speak to the P4, 5 and 6s. The Springfield employees gave the children insight on what it is like to work within the construction industry.

The 8-12-year-olds heard from Land Manager, Sandra Lindsay; Surveying Manager, Stuart MacGregor; Architectural Technician, Allan Young; Project Manager, Graeme Stewart; Marketing Assistant, Dale Ashelford and HR advisors Diane Kemp and Jaide Johnston. Karen Richardson said: 

As part of World of Work week, pupils had been learning about a variety of jobs and careers whilst taking part in related tasks such as writing C.Vs and preparing for interviews. We have had visits from a variety of professions including lawyers, surveyors, recruitment specialists and staff from Springfield Properties.

“The pupils found each of the talks from the Springfield employees highly engaging and informative - especially as each person explained clearly the career path they had taken to reach their current role.

“Andrew McKillop, a P6 pupil, was certainly inspired. He asked Allan (a Springfield architect) for the name of the software he uses to design houses. The next day, Andrew was excited to tell me he found the software online and had already designed a house himself!

“We are extremely grateful to Springfield for spending so much time with us at Sunnyside Primary and for making the talks interesting and informative. It was great fun for the children.”

Springfield HR Advisor, Jaide Johnston, said:

“These talks are a great opportunity to demonstrate to children there are many different routes available to them once they finish school. There are apprenticeships, work placements, they can attend university, or get a job and continue to study alongside that. 

“It was so much fun speaking with the kids at Sunnyside Primary. They were so engaged and asked such great questions. They really had us thinking! We hope they enjoyed learning about our roles and the various routes we took to get to where we are now.” 

Over the last few months, Springfield employees also visited Viewlands Primary School and St Madoes Primary both in Perth and Calderbridge Primary School in Wishaw, explaining their roles within the company and the various avenues available to school leavers.