New centre to pave the way in construction and engineering

At the official opening of the UHI Argyll Brewster Centre for Construction and Engineering, from left: Yvonne Arkell, centre assistant, UHI Argyll; Tim Bailey, MACC Developments Ltd; Dhonna McCallum, centre manager, UHI Argyll; Johnny Beveridge, MACC Developments Ltd; Jennie Minto MSP; Martin Jones, principal, UHI Argyll; Ian Wardrop, MACC Developments Ltd; Claire Little, centre assistant, UHI Argyll; and Ailsa Close, financial director, UHI Argyll.
At the official opening of the UHI Argyll Brewster Centre for Construction and Engineering, from left: Yvonne Arkell, centre assistant, UHI Argyll; Tim Bailey, MACC Developments Ltd; Dhonna McCallum, centre manager, UHI Argyll; Johnny Beveridge, MACC Developments Ltd; Jennie Minto MSP; Martin Jones, principal, UHI Argyll; Ian Wardrop, MACC Developments Ltd; Claire Little, centre assistant, UHI Argyll; and Ailsa Close, financial director, UHI Argyll.

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A former bowling alley at Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC) Business Park, transformed into a new construction and engineering centre as part of UHI Argyll, has been officially opened by Argyll and Bute’s MSP.

The UHI Argyll Brewster Centre for Construction and Engineering was opened by Jenni Minto MSP, who cut the ribbon during MACC’s 10th anniversary open day last Saturday.

The centre was funded by the Highlands 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.

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.

Martin Jones, UHI Argyll principal, said: ‘We’re incredibly grateful to Ms Minto for making the effort to travel to Campbeltown to open our new construction and engineering centre.

‘Construction accounts for 11 per cent of Argyll and Bute’s businesses, and it’s estimated that 26,250 extra jobs will be created in the sector in Scotland by 2025, so it’s critical that we have excellent facilities like this to equip the workforce of Argyll with the skills and training needed to succeed.’

Ms Minto said: ‘It was a real pleasure to officially open the new UHI Argyll Brewster Construction and Engineering learning centre at Machrihanish.

‘I really enjoyed meeting and chatting with the team whose passion for education and their community shone through.

‘This facility will be a huge asset for learners in Kintyre.’

Visitors had the chance to tour the premises, view some current students’ work and find out about the courses on offer through UHI Argyll.