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National roadworker training programme launched in East Ayrshire
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The Roads Collaboration Programme has been working with Ayrshire Roads Alliance and Tayside Contracts to provide a national roadworker training programme for Scottish roads authorities, marking a new approach to the training process and helping councils reduce costs.

The Scottish Roads Training Partnership was launched at East Ayrshire Council Headquarters by Fiona Lees, Chief Executive Officer, who welcomed 12 representatives from Scottish road authorities to the council chambers to join the new initiative.

Speakers included Ayrshire Roads Alliance’s James Jamieson, Operations Manager, and Kevin Braidwood, Head of Ayrshire Roads Alliance.

The system will use intelligent management systems to simplify and improve the delivery of local training and also develop relevant Scottish qualifications.

Councils will be able to use the programme as a single booking system for all training providers whether through an external procurement route or in-house.

This means that roads authorities can collaborate on joint external procurement or share resources for in-house training to maximise efficiency.

The system is also designed to provide a register of road workers' existing and future training needs.

Kevin Braidwood said: “We were delighted to host the launch event and to be able to provide the project with senior officer support as it gets off the ground. The council's training database is also being used as a template that will be expanded for the national programme, so we’re excited to see how the programme progresses.”