New Centre will Pave the Path in Construction and Engineering
A former bowling alley at MACC Business Park, Campbeltown has been transformed into a new construction and engineering centre as part of UHI Argyll.
The UHI Argyll Brewster Centre for Construction and Engineering was funded by the Highland’s and Islands Enterprise (HIE), UHI Argyll’s own resources and a donation of £46,590 from the Brewster Legacy. The legacy was given for the purpose of advancing education within the community; to assist those who may not have benefitted from mainstream formal education and faced challenges in accessing further education.
The official opening of the Centre took place at MACC Business Park’s 10th Anniversary Open Day on Saturday 14 May 2022. Argyll and Bute MSP Jenni Minto officially opened the facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Visitors had the chance to tour the premises and view the work of our current student’s.
Ms Minto said, ‘’what a fantastic facility to support young adults through their journey in Construction and Engineering: let’s hope it inspires many people.’’
With two large workshops, it is hoped the new facility will enable the college to increase its offering in construction and engineering courses, meeting the high demand for trades training within the local community.
Construction in Scotland has come back strongly from COVID-19, and it is estimated that 26,250 extra jobs will be created by 2025 (CITB, 2021). The Scottish sector is expected to grow by an annual average rate of 4.1%, and recovering to pre-pandemic growth levels by 2023 according to a new study from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Construction accounts for 11% of Argyll and Bute’s businesses (SDS, 2021).