A CITB training centre dedicated to scaffolding is on track to open its doors this autumn, it has been confirmed.
The £1 million-plus project, which will be run by Aset International Oil and Gas, is being built in Aberdeen.
Based next to the Clinterty campus of North East Scotland College, it will take in apprentices and trainees from Dundee to Shetland.
The facility, which will cover 7,000 sq. ft., will help to meet the growing demand for scaffolding courses in the region, it is hoped.
It is being developed with £500,000 worth of funding from the CITB to cover building costs and training over its first three years.
A further £500,000 was contributed by Aset, which has also invested in the land and existing infrastructure.
Graham McPhail, head of education and training at CITB, said the centre would give attendees a significant career boost.
“It is fantastic to see this project moving ahead at pace and the structure of the building really taking shape,” he said.
“This will provide Scotland with a stunning new training facility preparing the next generation of scaffolders for their career.”
Aset was chosen as the preferred bidder for the state-of-the-art training centre in 2015.
It is being built by Aberdeen contractors North Group, with design by architects Arch Henderson & Partners.
Aset chief executive Atholl Menzies said: “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.”
Figures from the CITB show that thousands of jobs in construction are to be created by the end of the decade.
According to data in the Construction Skills Network Report, annual average growth of 2.5% will lead to as many as 232,000 positions being created.
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