A new £2.3 million heavy vehicle facility has been opened at New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell Campus by MSP Roseanna Cunningham.
The Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training performed the official opening of the state-of-the-art training facility which is designed to foster a new generations of heavy vehicle engineers.
Ms Cunningham praised the facility, describing it as the openning of another chapter in the regeneration of the former Ravenscraig steelworks site where the College is located.
She said: “The HGV Training Centre marks another significant step towards bringing back industry and job opportunities to Lanarkshire. I have been highly impressed by the facilities on offer in this exciting new addition to the automotive learning opportunities offered at New College Lanarkshire.
“Meeting with the students has underlined the importance of investing in the future of our young people and will build on the expertise of the hundreds already learning an automotive trade here at the College.”
The state-of-the-art facility is the only centre of its kind in Scottish further or higher education to offer such a wide range of training opportunities for students and those already working in the road transport industry.
It is the latest piece in the jigsaw for the College, which delivers the most comprehensive automotive training provision in all of Scotland.
Martin McGuire, Principal of New College Lanarkshire, said: “We are extremely proud of our new HGV Training Centre, which will further confirm our Motherwell Campus as a sector leader in automotive training provision in Scotland.
“The state-of-the-art facilities on offer will allow us to train a new generation of heavy vehicle engineers here in the heart of Lanarkshire. We look forward to welcoming new students, as well as staff already working in the road transport industry for decades to come.”
The Centre also provides heavy vehicle training on Modern Apprenticeship schemes for apprentices working for seven local businesses and councils. Another 60 students will be recruited on to the three-year study programme in August, with a further 60 in August 2016.