Forth Ports to build Training Academy in Scotland

Port of Grangemouth

Forth Ports to build Training Academy in Scotland

Port group Forth Ports is to invest in a new purpose-built Training Academy at the Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s biggest port.

This is a key strategic investment in Forth Port’s long-term focus on skills, qualifications and personal development for employees across its operations in Dundee, Leith, Rosyth and Grangemouth.

Forth Ports also has a logistics academy located at its port in Tilbury on the Thames.

The Training Academy in Scotland is being built to ensure that the right skills are in place to support the future growth of the business and sustainability of the ports, as well as providing opportunities and flexibility for employees to broaden their skills and enhance their careers and job satisfaction.

The 420 m sq, Training Academy will provide additional in-house facilities for equipment skills training and new classrooms for safety and soft skills programmes - as well as expanding the existing training and education offering to customers and tenants.

Construction is due to start in early 2018 with completion expected to be at the end of the year. The tender process is underway to appoint a contractor.

Charles Hammond, group chief executive at Forth Ports said: "This significant investment demonstrates our commitment to developing our workforce for the present and for the future. People are key to our business and with this new Training Academy in Grangemouth not only will the individuals benefit, but so will our customers. This enhanced training facility will also support our ongoing Corporate Responsibility programmes including support for schools, colleges and local community projects. I look forward to seeing the Academy in 2018."