Some of the youngest member of Shortlees’ community have been participating in a range of activities at the site of 43 new homes being built by McTaggart Construction for Atrium Homes, based in Kilmarnock.
Connor Adam (19) and Alexander Wright (16), both Shortlees residents, have successfully progressed from CEIS employability stage 3 programme to a work placement with McTaggart Construction within their civils division. On successful completion of the 4 week work placement the young people will continue on site as registered apprentices in groundworks and general construction.

Jim O’Neill, Chair of Atrium said; "As part of our commitment to economic development and creating life chances for people, Atrium Homes is delighted to be working in partnership with McTaggart Construction to provide work placement and apprenticeship opportunities for our young people".

McTaggart’s have also been supporting the local nursery to learn about construction and even hosted the pre-school children at the site. McTaggart Construction has also agreed to further support the Early Years “Future Me” programme.
Ross Hammell, McTaggart Construction’s Community Benefits Co-ordinator, has delivered a full morning programme of STEM and Construction ambassador activities was delivered to all 364 pupils of Shortlees Primary. This involved a fun and interactive session to all Shortlees Primary School pupils. This programme is designed to raise awareness of the dangers around living and going to school near a construction site.

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The McTaggart Group of companies has established itself as a reputable and solid construction business. Built on over 70 years experience as a building and main contracting business, the McTaggart Group has grown and advanced into 5 core companies, namely:

McTaggart Construction Ltd - Main Contractor
ABN Services Ltd - Plumbing, Heating and Electrical Contractor
Laurel Homes - Housing and Private Developments
McTaggart Civils Ltd - Civil Engineering and Groundworks Contractor
GRM (Scotland ) Ltd - Scaffolding and Building Services Contractor