Skills Development

North East Scotland College of Further Education operates throughout the north east with its main campus situated in Fraserburgh. In March 2012, the Rt Hon Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland officially opened the refurbished main campus in Fraserburgh. This major refurbishment project saw £23m invested in state of the art training facilities across all academic areas.

In November 2012 the College launched the Scottish Maritime Academy. This facility has seen a £1million facelift and now houses the latest equipment and facilities to launch, support and develop careers within the maritime industry. This nautical hub will be a key player in serving the offshore oil & gas and renewables sectors, the merchant navy, leisure market as well as fishing related business. At the heart of its training provision is a top-of-the-range Transas full bridge simulator incorporating the latest software technology. This simulator allows delegates to pilot vessels ranging in size from under 10m fast rescue craft to tankers, dive support and oil standby vessels, providing a unique opportunity for first hand navigational training. The strength of this offer can be seen as initial courses are already attracting students from throughout the UK and Ireland and have been filled very quickly.

North East Scotland College is ideally placed to develop essential induction programmes and compulsory basic training for the offshore renewable industry in subjects such as Health & Safety and HV and LV electrical safety.

Scale and scope
There are currently over 7,000 full-time and part-time students and delegates enrolled at the College, supported by 250 staff who ensure that clients receive the very highest quality of service and that everyone who studies with the College has a satisfying and rewarding experience. Over 50% of the students enrolled at North East Scotland College participate in Engineering or related subjects, including Electrical & Electronic engineering, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Mechanical Engineering, Welding, Manufacture and Maintenance and Marine. In addition, the College has the skills and capacity to develop and deliver training programmes in administration and IT which are essential in the support of the front line engineering programmes

As well as full time and part time training programmes, North East Scotland College is Scotland’s second largest trainer of Modern Apprentices. There are currently 342 Modern Apprentices supported by the College. 259 are in engineering and related subjects including 138 in Manufacture & Maintenance and 83 in Welding.

North East Scotland College has explored the use of their 24 acre campus for further employment related development. Employment uses may be appropriate for development on sections of this land, in particular where there is a link to the college’s core activities in engineering. This land may require a longer lead time for development but offers interesting possibilities for an O&M hub. This is the same area that North East Scotland College are also willing to enter into discussions regarding a helipad.

The College holds a number of quality marks, including the Investors in People (IIP) award and the SQMS and SQA quality standards and was recently one of only three educational institutions in Scotland to receive a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further & Higher Education.

Over the years, North East Scotland College has built up excellent relationships with numerous organisations and institutions from small local businesses to major blue-chip organisations. Formal articulation agreements are in place with some of Scotland’s top universities, giving students an access route into a huge variety of subjects and ultimately careers.

A variety of different learning and attendance modes are encouraged, such as full-time, part-time, day release, block release and evening classes. Many students now also study at the Learning Resources Centre at a time which suits their individual requirements, using computer based learning, e- learning and other flexible learning methods. Many others choose to study remotely from the College either at home or even offshore, using Open and e-Learning materials.

bSolutions @ North East Scotland College

bSolutions is the commercial development unit at North East Scotland College, and prides itself in offering cost effective, focused training and development solutions tailored to business and industry needs, location and budget.

bSolutions provides training across a wide variety of subjects with courses such as:

  • Abrasive wheels safety training
  • Basic & Intermediate Hydraulics, Electro Hydraulics (one of only two registered CETOP training providers)
  • Basic Pneumatics / Electro Pneumatics
  • Coded Welding
  • PAT Testing
  • 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Refrigeration / Maintenance of Refrigeration Plant / Air Conditioning/ Refrigerant Handling
  • Manual Handling
  • Risk Assessment
  • COSHH Awareness
  • IOSH Working Safely / IOSH Managing Safely
  • NEBOSH National General Certificate
  • Appointed Persons First Aid / HSE First Aid at Work
  • CIWM Waste Awareness Certificate
  • Practical Waste Management
  • ILM Introductory Certificate in Team Leading

In addition, bSolutions specialises in arranging bespoke training and development solutions such as:

  • Skills audits
  • Developing and planning training programmes
  • Producing induction systems
  • Recording training and competency
  • Training organisation and management services

Each year, over 1,000 delegates from some of the energy industry’s biggest and best companies have attended courses run by bSolutions at North East Scotland College.