CLACKS high school pupils have lent their weight to the construction of the newest school campus in the county.

Twelve S4-S6 pupils from Lornshill, Alva and Alloa Academies completed the Introduction to Construction programme and were on site at the Tullibody South Campus.

The course included a series of careers, skills and employability sessions as well as a live project which saw the creation of a hut that will be used by future pupils.

Robertson – the main contractor delivering the new school campus – also provided workshops on social media and digital footprints, a presentation on the professions and trades in the industry and a tour of the live project site.

Following completion of the programme, four work placement opportunities are now on offer for pupils.

Gemma Gourlay, Robertson's director of social sustainability, said: "There's a real need for industry and academia to engage as early as possible, especially for industries like construction which are experiencing a growing skills shortage.

"We can't progress until we do more to overcome outdated opinions of the industry being passed down to the next generation, so it's brilliant to have such a budding team of young constructors on board.

"The finished structure will be enjoyed by the new pupils for years to come, and is a great example of the local community coming together to play their part in what is an important project for the area."

The Tullibody Campus project will see Abercromby Primary School and St Bernadette's RC Primary School merge with the schools set to share facilities including a gym hall, dance studio, meeting spaces and an immersive room, as well as a large Early Years nursery and a new public library.

Construction on the project, which is being delivered by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with Clackmannanshire Council, is due to be completed this August.

Cllr Graham Lindsay, spokesperson for education said: "This exciting project is delivering a state-of-the-art campus for our young people, and is an important development for the whole community.

"Our schools have been working very closely with the contractor to involve young people with the building, taking advantage of opportunities to bring career and skills events to pupils and local businesses.

"I'm delighted that this programme has been so successful, and pupils have been given the opportunity to learn about the construction industry and compete for a work placement that helps them to prepare for the world of further training, education and work."