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Euro Cash to Help Re-train Workers
TRAINING centre is to be established aimed at helping the
150 people who lost their jobs at West Freugh this year find
idea is to help those who were made redundant take advantage
of the large scale construction contracts that are coming
is also hoped the training will help some establish their
own business in the area.
£65,000 training facility, which is being funded by
Scottish Enterprise Dumfries and Galloway after a European
Regional Development Fund grant, was this week hailed by local
councillors sitting on the West Freugh Action Group.
councillor Willie Scobie, who had many constituents made redundant
through the downgrading of the air base and missile test range
at West Freugh said the development was a "step in the
am delighted we have got this money, it gives us a chance
to move forward."
he warned "It is alright to retrain people but we have
got to find them jobs that give them long term stability."
contracts for the new Garrick Hospital and the second phase
of Stranraer Academy looming it is hoped there will be a construction
industry boom in the area.
of those paid off at West Freugh have tradesman backgrounds
meaning they could be a valuable asset to the construction
companies in charge of both projects.
Scottish Enterprise spokesman said:
training centre will concentrate on construction skills
in anticipation of the capital projects which are coming
to the area.
will be available initially to those being made redundant
at the West Freugh site and thereafter to the wider population."
Rhins councillor Graham Forster, whose ward includes the MoD
is good news and hopefully it will begin to turn the tide
of job losses in Stranraer."