PEOPLE across Inverclyde keen to take on jobs in construction found out about the tools of the trade in an online event.

Inverclyde Community Development Trust hosted a virtual employability workshop to provide insight into the sector.

A group of school leavers joined the online event to find out more about the knowledge, skills and experience needed to take the first step on the construction career ladder.

Organisations involved in the discussion included the Department for Work and Pensions, Action for Children, Skills Development Scotland, and the maintenance division of River Clyde Homes, Home Fix Scotland (HFS).

Joseph McGoldrick, temporary repairs supervisor at HFS, offered a first-hand account of his own experiences within the organisation.

He spoke about career opportunities, the living wage, the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic and routes into employment though apprenticeships and education.

Tam Rough, contracts manager at HFS, said: "Career workshops like this are a great way to inspire the next generation of industry leaders.

"For many young people, these events will be the first time they've have the chance to talk to someone in the construction business, so it can be a real eye opener for them."

People who apply for jobs through Inverclyde Community Development Trust are given access to a range of opportunities and activities to help them develop the skills, networks and experience necessary to prepare them for future employment.

Donna Bryson, employability services manager at ICDT, said: "We're very appreciative of local employers’ support.

"These industrial talks give a real window of vital information into the world of work."