Nigg Skills Academy

Business Secretary Vince Cable visits Nigg Energy Park

Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade visited Nigg Energy Park yesterday and took time to get an insight into Nigg Skills Academy's plans for the future and spoke with some of the trainees.

The Business Secretary also witnessed how Nigg Skills Academy works with Job Centre Plus, Skills Development Scotland and the University of the Highlands (through Inverness College), to provide training opportunities for long-term unemployed people in the area.

Mr Cable said, "By training a new generation of world-class fabricators, pipefitters and welders, Nigg Energy Park is helping the industry - and the Highlands - remain globally competitive. It's a good example of the private and public sector working together not just to keep Scottish business ahead of the game, but to give unemployed people the skills and confidence they need to build successful careers."

Nigg Skills Academy Chairman, Alastair Kennedy hosted the visit of Vince Cable and commented, "We were delighted the Secretary of State took time from his extremely busy schedule to come to Nigg Energy Park and visit the academy. We were able to provide him with an insight into our strategic short and long term plans for the facility and our instructors and trainees were able to give him an insight into our work in addressing the skills shortages within the energy industry."

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