RINGLINK SERVICES has purchased a new site in Laurencekirk to operate in tandem with its existing training facility in the town, to help meet increasing demand.

The firm has been delivering training for over twenty-five years to an extremely diverse customer base throughout Scotland and the wider UK. But given the delicate economic position that industry currently faces, the requirement to train and develop the workforce has seldom been as important.

Training manager Peter Wood said: “We have a strong network of professional trainers and assessors who have expertise in delivering a range of legislative and practical short courses, such as health and safety, first-aid, forklift operation, pesticides, chainsaw operation, ATVs and our training portfolio already exceeds 100 certified courses, along with a selection of online training events.

“The new facility will host a more extensive range of courses which will include agriculturally related training together with construction-based training which will include new roads and streetworks, crane operation, excavation and dumpers.”

Ringlink currently delivers an extensive amount of chainsaw and utility arboriculture training and this will be accommodated in a purpose-built workshop. Additionally, and to encourage the next generation, Ringlink will be investing in a simulator which will be designed for both agricultural and construction training.

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The facility will also be accessible for schools and colleges to give students the opportunity to get a ‘taster’ of the various industry sectors and learn about the wide range of career opportunities available.

Mr Wood said: “As the agricultural sector looks to the future, there must be a greater focus on continuous learning so that businesses not only survive, but thrive."

Given the location of the new centre, just off the A90 between Dundee and Aberdeen and with a mainline train station, the new facility is well located to attract businesses and trainees from the entire North East of Scotland and beyond.