Company opens second skills centre in Scotland

A North Shields-based firm has opened its second skills centre in Scotland.

Saturday, 18th February 2017, 07:20 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 11:06 am
Delegate training at AISs state-of-the-art centre. Picture by Critical Tortoise.

Up to 12 new jobs will be created following the opening of AIS Training’s second state-of-the-art industrial training centre in Aberdeen.

AIS Training has invested £1m in the new 20,000sq ft facility at Kingshill Commercial Park to create a centre of excellence for oil and gas, wind and heavy industry skills training.

The bespoke facility features a range of specially constructed working at height and renewables platforms, confined spaces, rigging and lifting structures, skids, scaffolding and industrial plant and fabric maintenance training areas, all of which simulate industrial environments.

The world-class centre also includes seven high-tech classrooms installed with the very latest IT, a central relaxation break-out space and a large changing area where delegates can prepare for their skills courses.

The first training courses are now being delivered at the centre which include rope access training, working at height, confined space, first aid, rigging, banksman and fork lift truck handling.

Senior instructor Ian Cameron from Kintore, Aberdeenshire is the latest appointment to the AIS Aberdeen instructor team with more jobs to follow as the centre becomes established.

Paul Attrill, AIS Director of Training and Education, said: “We are delighted to open our second facility in Aberdeen.

“At a time when many companies in the oil and gas sector are cutting back, this additional investment demonstrates our renewed commitment to the industry and our clients in Aberdeen and north-east Scotland.

“Our new state-of-the-art centre complements our existing AIS Innovation and Competency Hub in Westhill and enables us to comfortably train up to 70,000 delegates per year across our multiple UK locations centred around Aberdeen, Newcastle and Grimsby.

“As the oil and gas sector starts to pick up, our investment in state-of-the-art training facilities will ensure our clients avoid issues of the past like skills shortages and have a skilled, knowledgeable, talented and well prepared workforce to take advantages of the opportunities as they arrive.”

To find out more or to book a course please contact AIS Training on 0844 800 1810 or visit