A new partnership will benefit the energy sector for years to come – and provide training for local youngsters.
Forth Valley College’s Falkirk campus has been given £1.21 million to provide the state-of-the-art facilities for
the new Oil and Gas Academy Scotland (OGAS).
To ensure students get practical experience, it includes a chemical distillation plant, virtual control room, mini-rig lab, process training plant and mechanical workshop.
OGAS is a collaboration between six of the industry’s training providers, including the college, Heriot Watt University, North East Scotland College, Robert Gordon University, University of Aberdeen and ASET International Oil & Gas Training Academy.
The new facility was officially launched by Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism last Thursday.
After touring the new academy, he said: “This facility demonstrates our investment in the sector, in the area and most importantly in our young people.
“If our young people are to benefit from the tremendous opportunities that this sector presents, both now and in the future, it is essential that we equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.”
Praising the college, he added: “Forth Valley’s close relationship with local employers in the energy sector makes it ideally placed to be at the forefront of the skills pipeline for the sector in Scotland.”
Funding was provided by the Scottish Funding Council and the Energy Skills Scotland Initiative, led by Skills Development Scotland, which aims to increase capacity for engineering training and support OGAS.
College principal Dr Ken Thomson said the new facilities would benefit current and future learners.