Wallyford Learning Campus visited by students ahead of opening

Wallyford Learning Campus visited by students ahead of opening

The Regional Construction Skills Academy is part of the new £47.2m Wallyford Learning Campus which is currently under construction.

While the building won’t open to learners until August 2023, the academy is already up and running in the campus’ grounds with students benefitting from the opportunities access to a live construction site offers.

As soon as the building is completed, the academy will move into a purpose-designed space as an integral part of the campus.

A Construction Skills Network report found that the construction industry needs more than 25,000 new workers in Scotland to meet demand for growing output from 2022-2026.

The industrial sector is expected to have the highest annual average growth over this period.

East Lothian Council Leader Norman Hampshire visited the Regional Construction Skills Academy to meet with course leaders and young people who were completing a tiling project as part of their course.

Mr Hampshire said: “Demand in the construction sector is in evident within a short distance of Wallyford Learning Campus with a number of major housebuilding, local authority and infrastructure projects.

“This includes a new settlement at Blindwells, the A1 junction at Queen Margaret University and the development of schools at Whitecraig, Old Craighall and Blindwells.

“We want to make sure that such major investment delivers a range of benefits to our economy and our communities.

“The new Wallyford Learning Campus has been designed to offer spaces for collaboration that will benefit learners and our wider community, and the Regional Skills Academy is part of this aspiration. It’s a great example of council, further education and industry working together and we are pleased to be in partnership with Edinburgh College and Morrison Construction to offer such valuable opportunities through this facility.”

Jonny Pearson, Vice Principal at Edinburgh College, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Wallyford Learning Campus, East Lothian Council and Morrison Construction to deliver introductory construction skills and principles to young people in East Lothian, giving them a taster of life in the industry.”

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Craig Bathgate

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