Prison workforce commitment welcomed

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Peterhead South SNP councillors Stephen Smith and Stuart Pratt have welcomed a commitment from building industry-giant Skanska to maximise the use of local labour during construction of the new Peterhead Prison.

In correspondence with Cllr Stephen Smith, Skanska advise they have a well documented track record of local procurement of goods and services and are conscious of the number of SMEs operating locally.

Skanska have also committed to take apprentices and offer work experience placements and to this end have opened dialogue with Banff and Buchan College and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Commenting, Cllr Stephen Smith said: “This is good news for the Peterhead and Buchan economy. I am keen that the number of opportunities for local contractors to get involved, and also for local people to benefit from the employment prospects available, are maximised.

“Certainly, at this stage, Skanska seem to be setting about making themselves part of the community and I particularly welcome their commitment to taking apprentices and offering work experience placements.”

Cllr Pratt added: “Having fought for so long to secure the future of the prison in Peterhead, it is vital that the local community benefits as much as possible from this major construction contract from the Scottish Government.”