Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has visited the construction site of the new 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.