28 January 2015

Stevenson Welcomes New Centre for Oil and Gas in Fraserburgh

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has welcomed the news that the recently merged North East College will significantly benefit students at its Fraserburgh campus with the addition of a new centre for oil and gas.

At Portfolio Questions today (Wednesday) Mr Stevenson questioned Education Secretary Angela Constance on the progress that North East Scotland College had made since its recent merger. In November 2013, Banff and Buchan College merged with Aberdeen College to form North East Scotland College, which has an Aberdeen and a Fraserburgh campus.

Ms Constance said that the college had made excellent progress and added that as an early adopter of the ‘Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce’ programme it was at the forefront of developing new vocational pathways for school pupils focussed on STEM provision.

She added:

“Moreover, the college plans to fund a new state of the art centre for oil and gas at the Fraserburgh campus. Investment in Fraserburgh of this scale would simply not have been feasible for the much smaller and financially restricted Banff and Buchan College.”

Mr Stevenson said:

“The creation of North East College has greatly benefitted students in Fraserburgh and this is something that I am delighted about. The addition of a modern centre for oil and gas at the Fraserburgh campus will further develop the potential for those studying there and would not have been possible without this merger.”

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