Tarmac has hosted 22 pupils from The Royal High School in Edinburgh at its Dunbar Cement Plant, to round off the school’s five 50 minute-lesson project called ‘Concrete in the Classroom’.
Pupils from The Royal High School learned about the history of concrete; how the material is produced; health and safety in the workplace; how to mix and make the product; and where the products are used. Finally, they got to see how cement, the key component in concrete is made at Dunbar Cement Plant.
Concrete in the Classroom is a ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ resource run by Concrete Scotland. It takes pupils through five construction-related lessons and culminates in a site visit to an operational concrete or cement plant. The initiative was launched to help address the need for more vocational learning and better links between education and industry to help highlight career opportunities.
Tarmac’s plant manager at Dunbar, Oliver Curtin, said: “It was a pleasure to host this group of students here at the only cement plant in Scotland. They have clearly learned a lot about cement and concrete through their five lessons and it was refreshing to see their enthusiasm for the industry. We are proactively look for ways to work with educational establishments to demonstrate the range of career options in the world of construction materials so it was great to be part of ‘Concrete in the Classroom’.”
Dale Lyon, Director, Concrete Scotland said: "We were delighted that Tarmac and Dunbar Cement Works were able to host one of our school visits as the culmination of the Concrete in the Classroom Programme. We were able to contextualise the learning into the world of work through a site visit. CITB have supported the development of the programme over the last few years through an extended pilot and currently in developing an SQA qualification that we hope to be available for schools at the start of the 2017/18 academic year."
Photo caption: Tarmac Graduate Engineer Hassan Munir shows The Royal High School students the kiln at Dunbar cement plant – the kiln is the heart of the cement-making process.