Marine and oil and gas training centre expected to bring 5,000 people a year to Clydebank

CONSTRUCTION has started on a new £3.5 million training centre that could attract 5,000 people to Clydebank each year.

Dignitaries took the ceremonial first shovel even as building work began behind them on the waterfront location near the Golden Jubilee.

The new centre, the first of its kind in central and southern Scotland, will open by autumn and provide mandatory and safety training courses for the marine and offshore oil and gas industries.

It will include classrooms, training pool, HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training) module, and a full fire training ground including a training stack and helideck to meet top industry standards.

The Clyde Group said the centre for its Clyde Training Solutions division will create around 30 jobs on top of regular visitors for training.

Joyce Downie, Clyde Group Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to start work on our new training centre, located right in the heart of Scotland’s shipbuilding and maritime heritage. We have seen significant demand for a training centre here in the central belt and, once complete, we will be able to offer a comprehensive range of courses under one roof.

“The jobs created will range from training assistants, customer care to quality control. We also aim to source many of the elements for running the centre from the local area.

“On completion the centre hopes to welcome more than 5,000 delegates a year and with this will come the economic benefits as they visit and stay in and....

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