SCOTLAND’S five regional hub organisations are to come together for the Learning Places Scotland conference to showcase their success in creating modern learning facilities.
The public-private partnership bodies have delivered 177 new schools and nurseries across the country to the value of £2.5 billion, with a further £361 million under construction and £665.5 million in development.
All of the hubs have adopted a social value approach to their projects that boosts economic impact and sustainability in the communities they serve. 80% of hub contracts are awarded to Scottish SMEs with construction of hub projects, supporting over 6,768 jobs. They have created 336 graduate places and generated 1,236 new apprenticeships.
David MacDonald, national hub programme director at the Scottish Futures Trust, said, “In the last 12 months, despite the volatility in the global construction markets, nine new schools have been handed over and nine more have started on site. All hub projects are developed with a focus on delivering against Scottish Government policy priorities of net zero, place and inclusive economic growth and represent the very best facilities for pupils to learn, teachers to educate and the community to come together.
“The Learning Places Scotland conference is a fantastic celebration of achievement, aspiration and opportunity and I am delighted to see how the future education landscape is being shaped in such a collaborative manner.”