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Maree Todd highlights Thurso campus role in developing renewable energy skills


By Alan Hendry

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From left: Giles Huby (director for external engagement and facilities), Maree Todd MSP, Sophie-Ann Bain (Highlands and Islands Students' Association depute president) and Debbie Murray (principal of North Highland College UHI).
From left: Giles Huby (director for external engagement and facilities), Maree Todd MSP, Sophie-Ann Bain (Highlands and Islands Students' Association depute president) and Debbie Murray (principal of North Highland College UHI).

The opportunities offered by North Highland College UHI will play a big part in the growth of renewable energy in the area, local MSP Maree Todd has said.

She was speaking after a visit to the college’s Thurso campus to hear about the range of courses available locally.

The campus provides a tailored engineering programme from its purpose-built Engineering, Technology and Energy Centre. It also has courses in subjects such as construction, hospitality, business and childcare.

“It was fantastic to visit North Highland College’s Thurso campus and to catch up with the principal, Debbie Murray," said Ms Todd, the SNP MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross.

“I was thoroughly impressed by the facilities, the teaching and support staff and the students on campus who are doing so well after a difficult 18 months.

“It was also great to hear of the college’s strong relationships with local employers, which has helped many students to secure employment on completion of their course."

She added: “The far north has huge potential in renewables. As a rural MSP whose constituency is facing the very real threats of depopulation, I’m thrilled by the prospect of hundreds of high-quality jobs in the area helping us to retain our talent.

“I was delighted to hear of the college's commitment to this and how it is supporting students to join this growing industry. The courses offered locally provide students with an invaluable skillset, leading to secure, high-paid employment in a sustainable sector.

“My thanks to Debbie Murray for hosting such a fantastic visit.”


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