Aberdeenshire West MSP Dennis Robertson visited a new £1m centre yesterday in Aberdeenshire which is creating innovative solutions to the oil and gas industry’s current challenges.
The Innovation and Competency Hub is located on the Arnhill Business Park in Westhill and sits alongside many of the oil and gas industry’s biggest players.
It has been developed by leading industrial trainer and manufacturer AIS to provide a dedicated space in the heart of the city’s industrial area where oil and gas industry professionals can meet and work together on new and innovative solutions to shared challenges.
AIS already owns and operates several other sites across the UK, including a 12-acre offshore training village and manufacturing centre-of-excellence in North Tyneside and training facilities in Grimsby and Huddersfield, but this is the first time it has established a presence in the Aberdeen area.
AIS has created 6 new jobs as a result of the project and invested £1m in state-of-the-art facilities which include classrooms, conference and relaxing spaces and a well-equipped café.
Within these facilities, AIS is developing and delivering internationally accredited health and safety, management and leadership training, as well as competency management services.
The new Innovation and Competency Hub also includes demonstration areas for AIS’s technical range of award-winning insulation and passive fire protection (PFP) systems, which it manufactures at its internationally renowned manufacturing plant in North East England.
Dennis Robertson toured the facilities and met AIS representatives to find out more about the company’s plans.
He said: “It’s always great to hear about business success and so I was delighted to visit AIS’s new Innovation and Competency Hub.
“The company’s new facility is extremely impressive and is providing local jobs for local people.
“AIS has made a significant investment in Aberdeenshire and has ambitious plans to help the sector through innovative solutions and collaborative working.
“The sector is undoubtedly facing challenging times but it is crucial that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past and continue to invest in industry skills and better ways of doing things.
“This way we’ll be in a stronger position moving forward and won’t lose the vast knowledge held within the industry.
“AIS’s approach will clearly help to drive new efficiencies for the oil and gas sector and combat skills shortages in the future.”