A major new facility that will be used for training the next generation of oil and gas workers saw its grand opening in Peterhead last week.
Score Group bought the Blue Toon’s old prison, HMP Peterhead, in June 2014 and since then have been working on transforming it into a state-of-the-art training facility.
The opening of Admiralty Gateway, the ‘Global Training Centre of Excellence’, took place on Tuesday, November 3 to launch Phase 1 of the project.
Classes are now taking place to train personnel from oil companies and 3rd party client’s as well as Score’s over 300 modern apprentices.
In a speech at the event, Managing Director Leighton Willox described the service provided as ‘better than off the shelf training’ and that apprentices will be ‘trained in the Score way’.
He added that the new base will have seven times the workshop space as their old site in Peterhead.
The apprentice and training schemes covers a wide range of disciplines from mechanical engineering to administration.
The site currently has four classrooms and seven workshops, with the opportunity to expand more as the centre establishes itself.
The launch included a tour of the training workshops, design and multimedia suits, and parts of the original buildings across the six acre expanse.
And it was mentioned that film and television companies, both nationally and internationally, have shown an interest in using sections of the prison as a film set, possibly bringing a whole new industry to the Blue Toon.
Phase 2 of the scheme will include ‘building a quality visitor attraction for tourism in the area’ with plans to open ‘early next summer’.
Conrad Ritchie, Managing Director of Score (Europe) Limited and Chairman of Score Training said, “ We have been working on the creation of this facility for the past 10 months, we are delighted to see Harry Lamb of Peterhead open phase 1. This centre will produce world leading course content and will help us increase individual’s competencies in a world where this is increasingly important. Phase 2 will open in the Summer of 2016 and work is currently ongoing regarding the development of this tourism hub and museum with links to the past history of HMP Peterhead and RNLI operations from Peterhead.”