Former Newbattle pupils could help build schools

Picture shows Derek Ferrier, Laura Falconer, Councillor Bob Constable, Kate Bilbrough Partner and Project Manager at Hardies and Kirsten O'Connor
Picture shows Derek Ferrier, Laura Falconer, Councillor Bob Constable, Kate Bilbrough Partner and Project Manager at Hardies and Kirsten O'Connor

Two former Newbattle pupils could help build two new primary schools in Midlothian, thanks to construction consultant Hardies.

Kirsten O’Connor and Laura Falconer, who are being supported by the firm while they study at Napier University, could gain vital work experience on the new Gorebridge North and Bilston primary schools.

Managing partner Derek Ferrier said: “We originally had one place on our student sponsorship and employment scheme. However, we couldn’t decide between Kirsten and Laura so we took them both on.”

When the two pupils successfully complete their studies, Hardies will also guarantee each of them a full-time post for two years and support them through their RICS professional membership process to allow them to become chartered surveyors.