A huge new training centre has opened at a £25m development near Glasgow Airport creating several jobs.

Clyde Training Solutions (CTS), one of the country's largest providers of marine, offshore and renewables safety training, has unveiled the new site based at Westway Park.

The bespoke facilities use the nearby White Cart Water to provide a range of on-water training to industry professionals.

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Highlights of the new site include a dock and gangway, fast rescue crafts and lifeboats, and launch infrastructure.

An onshore learning centre features two 16-person classrooms, a canteen, rooms for drying, storage and maintenance, first aid rooms, communal areas, changing and shower facilities and car parking spaces.

The location of the new centre complements CTS's current training infrastructure in Clydebank which includes a deep-water pool, fire safety site, indoor learning centre and dedicated GWO Renewables industry training site.

CTS general manager Kris McDonald said: “The development of our new training centre is the next natural step in the growth of CTS and further expands our Training Portfolio for the shipping and energy sectors.

“This new site provides a cost-efficient and centrally placed solution that offers high-end, effective training, ultimately delivering more skilled and competent workforces, in line with our ethos ‘Competency Beyond Compliance’.

“Industry professionals in the Central Belt do not require to attend initial or further training in the Northeast of Scotland for this on-water training, saving hundreds of pounds in travel and accommodation costs.”

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We previously reported that work had begun on the Westway Park site last summer, consisting of two high-quality industrial warehouse units with loading bays and offices. 

The development aims to provide quick and direct access from Westway to junction 28 of the M8 via the recently opened Barnwell Street bridge, as well as to Glasgow Airport and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS).

Gregor King, Westway's asset manager of Canmoor, added: “We are thrilled to have Clyde Training Solutions as the latest high-profile occupier at the park. Access to the water was key and our dock facility provides the ideal base for this bespoke training facility.

“In addition, Westway offers a convenient central belt location, with great communications, as well as a 24-hour secure site.”