A new centre of excellence training disabled people for employment and providing jobs was opened in Larbert on Tuesday.
Haven Enterprises officially opened the doors to its 53,000 sq ft ‘Centre for Training Excellence’ facility which will be supporting 90 disabled and disadvantaged people.
The centre, developed in partnership with Falkirk Council and the Scottish Government, will be the headquarters for three of the award-winning social company’s supported businesses – Haven PTS Ltd, Redrock and The Sign Factory.
Haven PTS designs and manufactures safety clothing, equipment and work wear employing 45 people. Redrock is a document scanning business with nine employees and The Sign Factory, which used to be based in Bainsford, makes road signs.
Council leader Councillor Craig Martin said: “The Falkirk Council area is a great place to locate and this factory is a shining example of our ongoing economic transformation.
“It also clearly shows the full and equal contribution that disabled people make in the workplace and I would like to wish all the employees well in this new venture.”
Deputy First Minister MSP John Swinney said the Scottish Government was committed to equality for disabled people, and wants a society that is fair and inclusive to everyone.
He said: “A crucial part of enabling people to play a full and satisfying role in their communities is employability.
“The ‘Team Scotland’ approach has demonstrated what can be achieved when people work together – public sector, private business and third sector – to achieve a common good. This way of working is very much the way forward.”