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We are working with local Developing Young Workforce School Coordinators in Scotland to promote STEM jobs. A STEM job is any job in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math e.g. heating engineers. Through our contract with Scottish Borders Housing Association, Ross MacDonald (Lead engineer) worked with Borders College to develop and attend their Built Environment Week.

At the event, Ross talked to 17 pupils from Jedburgh Grammar and Kelso High School who were interested in engineering but weren’t sure which industry / job role to progress with. To promote our industry, Ross gave a brilliant presentation sharing personal experience of his training and career journey and current role. He also explained the background of our industry and its future including renewables and hydrogen fuel.

Nicola Shaw DYW School Coordinator said: “Ross from PH Jones gave pupils an insightful presentation on the future of renewables and the heating industry.  It was great for pupils to be inspired by Ross’ own career journey and routes and pathways into the industry.  Pupils were given the opportunity to see the Campus training facilities, Eco Room and Renewables Training suite.  All of which showcase the latest sustainable construction methods and demonstrate how we can build comfortable modern homes, meeting zero emissions targets of the future”

Feedback from students who attended the event included: “It was great to hear about opportunities and what it might be like to work with British Gas in the Borders” and “I really enjoyed my day, it was good to see all the equipment and made me more aware of the jobs within the sector!”

At PH Jones we understand the importance of building an understanding about our industry, working with schools as part of our social value programme helps raise awareness of the opportunities and career paths for young people. If you would like to learn more about how we can help develop the young workforce in your communities, please contact