CITB scaffold training centre to open in the autumn

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An Aberdeen-based scaffolding training centre worth over £1m is set to open later this year…

A 7,000 sq ft facility aimed at providing training for scaffolders in the northeast is set to open in the autumn.

The facility, which is a joint project between the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Aset International Oil and Gas Training Academy, aims to meet growing demand for scaffolding courses in the northeast.

The centre will be located next to the Clinterty campus of North East Scotland College (NESC) in Aberdeen. Some £500,000 has been invested into the project by CITB, with £300,000 spent on building costs and £200,000 on training during the first three years of operation.

Aset has also spent more than £500,000, and invested in the land and existing infrastructure. The firm was named a preferred bidder on the project in November.

Graham McPhail, head of education and training at CITB, said: “It is fantastic to see this project moving ahead at pace and the structure of the building really taking shape.

“This will provide Scotland with a stunning new training facility preparing the next generation of scaffolders for their career.”

Aset chief executive Atholl Menzies also commented: “We are anticipating a very positive response from employers and individuals alike to the portfolio of courses on offer, which are in the process of being finalised.”

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