Preferred bidder named for scaffolding training centre


ASET Training Academy has been announced as the preferred bidder to develop a new £500,000 scaffolding training centre in the north cast of Scotland.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) jointly funded facility is set to open in September next year. CITB is commissioning the facility due to increasing demand for scaffolders and insufficient training in the region.

With £300,000 in funding towards building the facility, CITB will invest a further £200,000 on training over the first three years of operation.

CITB will now work with ASET Training Academy – a part of North East Scotland College – on the details of the initiative, ahead of a deal potentially being signed early in 2016.

Alex Birks, head of strategic training provision at CITB, said, “ASET Training Academy has a strong track record in providing high quality training, which is why we are delighted to have moved a step closer to building this new and much needed facility. There is growing demand for scaffolding courses in the North East of Scotland, so this will ensure world-class training courses will be brought to where they are needed most.”

Atholl Menzies, chief executive at ASET, added,  “My fellow Directors and I from both the ASET Training Academy and North East Scotland College are delighted to have been selected for this contract.”