Skills Academy on Former Michelin Dundee Site to Support Mobility Transition

The MSIP Skills Academy on the site of the former Michelin factory in Dundee will offer dedicated skills training in design, technology and manufacture for the sustainable mobility and decarbonisation sectors when it opens to learners in January 2022.

Delivered by Dundee and Angus College, in partnership with Abertay University, the University of Dundee and the University of St Andrews, the MSIP Skills Academy will support companies located on the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) and elsewhere across Scotland.

Sharing artistic impressions of the finished facility, which is currently under construction, MSIP stated that the Skills Academy will offer a broad and flexible curriculum in areas including manufacturing, renewable energy, low carbon transport and battery technology, ranging from entry-level to professional development. The aim is to make it “a national skills centre of excellence that will inspire, educate and prepare the future workforce, to accelerate the green recovery”.

Scotland’s minister for higher education, further education, youth employment and training, Jamie Hepburn, said: “It’s exciting to know there is now a national learning destination to support jobs in the sustainable mobility and decarbonisation sector.”

Currently under construction, the MSIP Skills Academy will open its doors to learners in January 2022, while the curriculum gets underway this August.

The former Michelin Dundee site received funding of £60 million from Michelin, Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council, with £20 million of that earmarked for the physical transformation of the site now underway. While the physical location of the Skills Academy won’t be ready until January 2020, the curriculum will get underway this August.

Michelin closed its operations in Dundee exactly one year ago today with the loss of 850 jobs. The creation of the innovation park was part of the deal struck to regenerate the site and create new jobs focused on green energy and sustainable mobility.

MSIP currently has five tenants operating in the fields of solar thermal, hydrogen, and lithium-ion batteries that employ 74 people.

Photo credit: MSIP

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