Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has visited the construction site of the new £53m Ayrshire College Kilmarnock Campus to formally mark the start of the redevelopment.
The First Minister and College Principal Heather Dunk OBE were joined by McL&H Construction Director, Michael Kieran, and the first apprentice to be employed on the construction project, Rachel Kyle – who is also a student of the college. The project will create more than 170 construction jobs, apprenticeship places and numerous work placement and training opportunities.
Rachel Kyle commented, “My new job is exciting, I am grateful to be a part of this project and look forward to the future. It will be a learning curve but what a place to learn on such a massive commercial project. Work ethic is changing and a lot more women are gaining employment within the construction industry. Once I finish my apprenticeship and degree I would like to stay with McLaughlin & Harvey with hope to become an Assistant Site Manager, working on more projects to gain experience. I would love to move on to be a Manager and take on my own site with a view to working locally in Ayrshire.”
The new campus, which is to be built on the former Diageo site, will include a health and wellbeing centre, hair and beauty salon, a learning resource centre as well as sector leading facilities for sport and science, technology and engineering.