College’s energy role

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ANGUS College has entered into a new partnership with the energy industry to provide improved business opportunities and boost skills across the county.

The Angus Energy Hub was launched at a recent Renewable Energy Opportunities for Angus Businesses seminar and aims help the public gain better access to advice, energy saving initiatives and new technologies which can reduce energy bills and provide some householders with an income.

The event, which was held at the college, was targeted at local businesses to help them develop the skills and capacity to be more energy efficient and build new business opportunities across the energy sector.

A number of seminars, awareness-raising events and training courses will be co-ordinated through the hub over the next year and the facility itself will be formally launched in 2013 along with a user-friendly web portal. Plans are also being developed for an Energy Curriculum Centre which will provide industry specific training to support the growth of the biomass, oil and gas and renewable industries in the north east.

The hub is the result of a partnership between the college, Angus Council and industry partners including renewables developer Eurowind, Angus Biofuels and Forster Roofing.

Kevin Murphy, the college’s director of learning and teaching, said the hub will present opportunities for the public and businesses alike.

He said: “The Energy Hub aims to provide businesses in Angus with an opportunity to engage in and shape areas such as future training, be part of the supply chain and grow their own company profiles. This is an exciting time and we aim to provide the people and businesses of Angus with the information and knowledge to take forward the opportunities in this sector as they develop.”

Ian Lindsay, director of Eurowind, said that Angus businesses have a “window of opportunity” over the next few years to get involved with the renewables sector but a co-ordinated approach will be needed to ensure new skills are developed quickly.