A Scottish subsea diver training center has been awarded an additional $196,000 as part of an initiative to encourage Scottish residents to begin a new career in commercial diving.
The Underwater Centre in Fort William received the funding package from the Scottish government's Energy Skills Challenge Fund just three months after it was awarded $543,000 towards the training of 42 divers. The new funds will enable the center to take on an additional 15 trainees.
The Underwater Center General Manager Steve Ham commented in a statement:
"This is great news for those who want to pursue a career in diving but have perhaps never had the opportunity financially to go for it," he said. "It is also good news for industry, which is struggling to find skilled workers for the subsea sector at a time of sustained growth and expansion."
"We had a huge number of calls from people from a range of career backgrounds, including construction workers and yard hands, when the first round of funding was announced in October, and we ran a number of successful assessment days for those interested."
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