A new £3.8M construction college was launched in Scotland yesterday, which will provide training for up to 160 construction apprentices and 6,000 adult learners a year.
The National Construction College (NCC) in Inchinnan near Glasgow will also serve as the Scottish headquarters of parent organisation ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for construction.
The centre was built to tackle an industry-felt need for more construction training in Scotland. The purpose-built campus offers 4,700m2 of training space, as well as a 1,200m2 scaffolding facility.
The NCC already has six other sites across the country providing training for more than 30,000 people a year.
Apprenticeships at the new college will be offered in general construction, groundworks, scaffolding, plant maintenance, build up felt roofing, roof sheeting and cladding and interior systems. The centre will also deliver health and safety courses, sustainability training and management programmes.
NCC Field Operations manager Nigel Donohue said: "We are really excited to be launching the new site, which allows us to offer first class training at unrivalled facilities to learners and companies in Scotland.
"The construction industry in Scotland is currently very strong and with major projects planned such as the Leith development, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Scottish Government’s £3bn Transport Investment Programme, the new NCC Scotland will support the growing need for construction training across the country."
ConstructionSkills chairman Sir Michael Latham added: "The exciting developments currently underway in Scotland mean that more than ever, we need to make sure that we work with Government, employers and other partners to ensure that we have enough job ready recruits to meet this challenge. Our work is crucial and the new NCC training centre, alongside the new ConstructionSkills offices, are meeting industry demand."
The centre was officially launched by minister for Schools and Skills Maureen Watt.