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Two Newbattle pupils, who secured life-changing opportunities with the property and construction consultant, Hardies, could now help build two new primary schools in Midlothian.
Kirsten O’Connor and Laura Falconer, who are being supported by the firm while they study at Napier University to be a building surveyor and a quantity surveyor respectively, could gain vital work experience on the new Gorebridge North and Bilston primary schools.
Managing partner Derek Ferrier said: “We originally had one place on our student sponsorship and employment scheme. However, we couldn’t decide between Kirsten and Laura so we took them both on.
“It could be that we get them involved as part of their work experience on the new schools at Bilston and Gorebridge North.”
The girls will get £1,000 a year to help them with their studies plus they will be paid £7.85 to work with Hardies when not at university, for example, during the holidays.
When the two pupils successfully complete their studies, Hardies, which has helped build schools including Woodburn and Burnbrae along with hundreds of affordable homes in Midlothian, will also guarantee each of them a full-time post for two years.
Councillor Bob Constable, cabinet member for education, said: "It’s fantastic to hear that two local former pupils may get the opportunity to help build two schools in their own area.
“Well done to Kirsten and Laura. What a wonderful start to their prospective careers.”
Picture shows Derek Ferrier, Laura Falconer, Councillor Bob Constable, Kate Bilbrough Partner and Project Manager at Hardies and Kirsten O’Connor.Back to News