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A9 upgrade scheme engages next generation of engineers

A new educational initiative launched today will give pupils the opportunity to learn about the A9 dualling scheme.

The Academy9 programme will see students in schools located along the A9 between Perth and Inverness learn about the engineering challenges of dualling the route.

Pupils will apply the mathematical, scientific and design aspects of the project to their schoolwork and there will also be future opportunities for training and apprenticeships as part of the A9 scheme or other major projects.

Scottish cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities Keith Brown said: “Dualling the A9 represents the largest and one of the most challenging infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history – through this pioneering initiative it is also an investment in the next generation of engineers, designers and construction workers.

“The A9 Dualling programme offers a great opportunity to engage and educate with pupils able to apply mathematical, scientific and design aspects of this massive engineering scheme to their schoolwork as well as secure future training and job opportunities.”

Brown added: “We are starting the programme with nine year olds – the so-called ‘A9’ers’ who are due to leave school in 2025. These students will get design and construction experience which could influence their future career choices. The programme will also be available to older students giving them an opportunity to be trained and work on the A9 dualling programme.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in work to dual the A9 with construction set to start shortly on the first section between Kincraig and Dalraddy, and design work progressing well across all the other sections.”

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