Fund supports sustainable practices at South Lanarkshire College

SSE Renewables and Clyde Wind Farm (Scotland) Ltd have awarded over £638k to seven transformational projects across South Lanarkshire to help communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Lord Jack McConnell, Chair of the Sustainable Development Fund has visited South Lanarkshire College to highlight how the Fund is helping South Lanarkshire by supporting community projects that will help the region to grow the economy again with facilities and skills that are attractive to employers in the future. The funding has also prioritised projects which can help local responses to the climate emergency.

The award of £149k to South Lanarkshire College will help retrain and upskill people to access jobs in the growing insulation industry. This support from SSE will help provide the additional expert staff support to train students on the college purpose-built Insulation Training Centre. This will help South Lanarkshire residents to gain the qualifications and employment support needed to access jobs in the insulation sector. The project also supports the climate emergency by teaching the skills needed to halt the flow of carbon dioxide from homes into the atmosphere.

This funding is particularly important not only to support the green recovery from the pandemic but also to invest in sustainable green jobs during a year in which the world will be watching Scotland with the hosting of COP 26.

Lord Jack McConnell, Chair of the Sustainable Development Fund, said:

“These are difficult times for those who live and work in South Lanarkshire. The funding from Clyde Wind Farm will help the community to build back better. We have prioritised funding projects which help train people for growth employment sectors and provide solutions to the climate emergency.”

Aileen McKechnie, Principal of South Lanarkshire College said

“I am delighted that we have been awarded this funding from SSE Renewables and Clyde Wind Farm (Scotland) Ltd to help support the green economy, training and employment across the region. Tackling the climate emergency is more important now than ever, as we look to train our students in sustainable practices, particularly within the construction trades. This funding has helped support the provision of lecturing staff to train students using the specialist purpose built training centre on our campus and it is with great pleasure that we welcome Lord McConnell to visit the site to talk with students and staff about the importance of projects such as these in ensuring our students have the best possible access to training for their future careers, whilst supporting long term sustainability practices. I look forward to seeing many students benefit from this additional expert tuition and for the College’s contribution to the green economy to continue to grow.”

Other successful projects include £80k to Clydesdale Community Initiative who will grow their provision to include a tearoom and visitor destination.  The new site will not only attract visitors to South Lanarkshire but will also create jobs and training for local people with additional support needs.

LEAP Enterprise Scotland was awarded £67k to help the Cambuslang community recover from the pandemic by creating a new lifelong learning café and training facility.

The Sustainable Development Fund is in addition to SSE Renewables and Clyde Wind Farm (Scotland) Ltd.’s local community funds and supports strategic projects in regions where SSE Renewables operates. The fund brings the benefits of SSE Renewables’ energy developments to a wider area and is directed at projects that can achieve significant impacts in local communities.