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Scottish construction industry launches flagship

multi-million pound training centre

On 2 September Maureen Watt, MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills officially opened the brand new £3.8 million National Construction College (NCC) centre at Inchinnan near Glasgow. The centre will also be the Scottish headquarters of parent organisation ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for construction.

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills, joined guests, including ConstructionSkills Chairman Sir Michael Latham, Chief Executive of ConstructionSkills Mark Farrar and Scottish Director Graeme Ogilvy, to officially launch the new NCC and ConstructionSkills Scotland centre.

The Minister said: “This Government is working to deliver higher levels of sustainable economic growth for the benefit of all. Having a willing, able and adaptable workforce is central to those efforts, as is a buoyant construction industry.

“I am therefore delighted that ConstructionSkills has chosen to make this level of investment in Scotland and demonstrated such a clear commitment towards improving skills in our construction industry. I am sure that these new training facilities will put the industry in Scotland on a sound footing as it faces the skills challenges that the future holds.”

Designed to promote excellence and innovation, the NCC will provide state of the art facilities and training for up to 160 apprentices and 6,000 adult learners every year.

ConstructionSkills, will direct its Scottish strategy from the new headquarters. The organisation will continue to provide advisory services to schools, colleges and businesses across Scotland as well as providing training grants. Last year alone it gave out almost £19 million in training grants and placed over 2,600 apprentices into employment, and has recently boosted the number of apprenticeship staff to deal with the recent increase in apprentice placements.

As a demand-led training provider, the NCC works closely with industry and ConstructionSkills to develop and launch appropriate packages to meet the current and future needs of Scotland’s construction sector. This has included the building of a 1,200 square metre scaffolding facility, the largest facility of its kind in Scotland, in response to a boom in both the domestic and offshore market.

The new campus boasts 4,700 square metres of training space, including 12 purpose built classrooms; conference and meeting facilities; as well as 3,000 square metres of floor space dedicated to a range of specialist occupations. This ranges from areas including groundworks, scaffolding, and plant maintenance to built up felt roofing, roof sheeting and cladding and interior systems.

ConstructionSkills Director for Scotland Graeme Ogilvy, said: “Scotland has a strong heritage of delivering excellence in the construction and training sector. We have some of the most skilled tradespeople in the world which is why it is important to have world class facilities to support the industry’s growth and development.”

To find out more about the courses and training on offer please call 0844 844 0466 or visit the National Construction College

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