Skills Academy launched at MSIP

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The doors of the Skills Academy based at Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, Dundee, have been officially opened.

The launch saw a turnout of over 200 attendees to witness and support the opening of the pioneering centre of excellence at the forefront of the transition to Net Zero. 

The night featured a panel of speakers including John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council, Caryn Gibson, Business Partnership Manager, Greig Coull, Chief Executive Officer at MSIP and Simon Hewitt, Principal of Dundee and Angus College.

Delivered by D&A College and MSIP, of which Dundee City Council is a partner, the Skills Academy is a national centre of excellence for skills development in renewable energy, sustainable mobility, and decarbonisation.

The Skills Academy aims to inspire, educate, and prepare the current and future workforce to support and accelerate the green recovery and Scotland’s transition to Net Zero.

Cllr Alexander said: "The city's physical transformation will only succeed in delivering results if it's coupled with job creation and skills and training opportunities. That is why the Skills Academy is such an important step forward for the whole of Dundee.

"Looking forward, the Skills Academy will help ensure that Dundonians and local businesses are best placed to take up emerging opportunities in offshore win, advanced manufacturing, mobility and other technologies such as robotics. Dundee's pushing the envelope and this is just another example of that."

The opening event showcased the work invested in the development of The Skills Academy, emphasising its remarkable benefits to the city of Dundee and its pivotal role in driving changes towards sustainable industry. Invited guests were also given the unique opportunity to witness demonstrations of the cutting-edge technology that will play a crucial role in shaping the future workforce.

Mr Hewitt said: "Dundee and Angus College is really excited to embark on this transformative journey for the region and beyond with the opening of the region’s first dedicated Skills Academy focused on providing the skills for a transition to Net Zero.

"Working in partnership with MSIP, we will not only support the upskilling and reskilling of local businesses but also invigorate a new generation of engineers, technicians, and operators, guiding them to design and manufacture for the sustainable mobility and decarbonisation sectors.

"This partnership is more than just an opening; it's an open door to endless possibilities and opportunities. We're set to redefine the boundaries of innovation, paving the way for a future where sustainability and technological advancements go hand in hand.”

The Skills Academy launch showcased the site as a hub for collaboration with a state-of-the-art facility that will empower businesses and employees to meet the demands of an evolving industry.

Through a combination of industry-leading experts, cutting-edge curriculum, and practical applications, the D&A Advance Courses at the Skills Academy provide a comprehensive approach to skill development and business growth

Whether individuals are seeking to advance their careers or a business aiming to stay ahead of the competition, the D&A courses provide the tools and insights necessary to succeed. Industry leaders are being invited to take the opportunity to empower their staff to thrive in a sustainable future. 

While the primary focus of The Skills Academy remains on upskilling existing workforces, it is further dedicated to inspiring the next generation of sustainable professionals through schools, clubs and organisation visits offering the younger generation an experience and insight into careers that will shape the future. 

For further information about The Skills Academy or Dundee & Angus College Advance Courses please see the D&A College website and talk to the Business Partnership Team. 

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