Royal visit for maritime college

The Scottish Maritime Academy welcomed the Duke of Rothesay to the maritime centre yesterday. Prince Charles met staff and students from the maritime centre of excellence of North East Scotland College (NESCol) and enjoyed a tour of the facility speaking with fishermen, new entrants and pupils from Peterhead and Banff Academies who had just completed the Introduction to Commercial Seafishing course.

Principal of North East Scotland College Liz McIntyre said, “It has been a great opportunity for the College to demonstrate the range of training programmes we offer - not only to the fishing industry but also for those who wish to enter into or progress within the merchant navy.

“The Academy has a crucial role to play to supporting the skills needs of the maritime community, both in the North east of Scotland and Britain. This visit has highlighted the importance of the work carried out here both now and in the future.”

Before the tour of the Academy representatives from NESCol also attended Aberdeen Foyer in Peterhead where Prince Charles also visited. The College and Aberdeen Foyer have worked in partnership for over 20 years, providing accredited learning opportunities and initiatives which together have given people improved education, skills, health and quality of life.  Pulling on areas of expertise, the two institutions currently work closely on several key personal development programmes – all of which are carefully designed to allow progression to further study or employment.