Clyde Training Solutions announce build of new safety training centre at Westway

13/02/2024
Kris McDonald (CTS)

CLYDE Training Solutions (CTS), one of the largest providers of Marine, Offshore and Renewables safety training in the United Kingdom has opened a new training centre in Greater Glasgow. 

The bespoke facilities based at Westway Park near Glasgow Airport utilise the White Cart Water, a River Clyde tributary to provide a range of industry approved on-water training to certify and prepare industry professionals. 

The site includes a dock and gangway, fast rescue crafts and lifeboats, industry-specific launch infrastructure and an onshore learning centre featuring two 16-person classrooms and a canteen.

The centre also includes drying, storage, maintenance and first aid rooms, along with communal areas, changing and shower facilities and car parking spaces.

The site 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. 

Kris McDonald, General Manager, Clyde Training Solutions, 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.”

Maritime training courses have received certification from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency for courses including STCW PSCRB (Initial and Updated), and STCW Fast Rescue Boat (Initial and Updated).

Upon completion of current ongoing audits, the centre will also meet offshore accreditation criteria from industry body OPITO, offering a range of courses including OPITO Twin Fall Coxswain (Initial and Further), OPITO Fast Rescue Craft (Coxswain and Boatman) and OPITO ITSO.

Several new jobs have been created. 

Gregor King, Westway 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.”

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