City Building starts construction of new Glasgow training college

CITY Building has started construction of its new training college, which is set for completion next year.

The Glasgow-based firm recently welcomed a group of apprentices to the site, which is located in the grounds of Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBI) near Springburn,

The facility has been designed to accommodate more than 250 apprentices and tradespeople.

City Building trains apprentices in disciplines such as painting, plumbing, electrical and joinery.

Renewable energy technology will enhance the energy efficiency of the building, and the design includes a ground source heating system. City Building will also be constructing the college, providing employees with a learning opportunity.

Councillor Allan Casey, who began his career as an apprentice joiner with the firm, said, “It is an exceptionally exciting time for the firm as we welcome more apprentices and commence the building of the training college. The college represents our commitment to renewables within the construction sector, and to the workforce in the wider construction industry. We are delighted that City Building employees will gain first-hand experience in the college’s construction, which will also allow us to use more innovative construction technologies in skilling our apprentices and workforce.

“Through our existing renewables workstream, we retrofit homes in Glasgow with solar panels and ground source heating to encourage a greener city, which feels particularly apt with COP26 fast approaching. The training college will allow us to upskill our workforce and provide much more sustainable construction.”

City Building executive director Alan Burns recently revealed that the business held over £200 million in contracts for both entities; City Building (Glasgow) and City Building (Contracts). This allowed the company to continue with its annual recruitment of apprentices for Glasgow City Council and Wheatley Housing Group.

Alan Burns said, “There was a real buzz in the air as we watched the site enter the first phase of its transformation. It is our hope that both current and future apprentices will be able to enjoy the training college and benefit from the new training opportunities it will support.”