World-leading training provider to create 30 jobs with opening of £1 million facility

A world-leading trainer provider is set to create up to 30 jobs in Aberdeen thanks to the opening of a new £1 million training facility.

MRS Training & Rescue is investing the seven-figure sum to develop the new training facility at Bridge of Don, and expects to create up to 30 jobs over the next three years. The opening of the company’s third Scottish training centre represents an important expansion in the company’s presence in the country.

It has purchased the 1,700 square metre building which sits on 1.26-acres and has created a state-of-the-art training facility on Campus One of the Aberdeen Science & Technology Park on Balgownie Road.

The company has been a prominent employer in Scotland for over a century and in May last year invested £100,000 in its second training facility in Inverkeithing in Fife, adding to the already established business at Crossgates, Fife.

The new training centre in Aberdeen will support a variety of industries including oil and gas, renewables and marine, with specialist training and industrial rescue services.  These include accredited training for working at height, confined spaces, first aid and wind turbines.

The opening of the Aberdeen training centre follows a record year for MRS Training & Rescue, which recorded an 27% increase in sales year-on-year and a 7% increase in staff numbers to 172.

Andy Watson, Operations Manager at MRS Training & Rescue said: “This is a significant investment for our business, most especially during the challenging times that the pandemic has brought.

“We have been fortunate to buck the economic trend over the last 24 months and remained fully operational helping to support our clients within mission critical industry.”

“Our company has been at the forefront of innovation since our inception over 100 years ago. From our beginnings as the Mines Rescue Service, we have developed and diversified to meet the operational needs of industry to become the nation’s premier provider of specialist training, emergency rescue cover and consultancy.”

He added: “This new facility will provide leading training and consultancy for the North of Scotland and deliver the best solutions for industry in this region.”

About the new facility

  • Brand-new, bespoke indoor training facilities and state-of-the-art training centre
  • 6 classrooms, 17m work at height tower, a mock wind turbine hub, sloping roof and ladders for climbing, many meters of crawls spaces and the capacity to simulate various confined space environments,
  • Highly skilled specialist rescue teams providing cover for high-risk operations such as confined spaces and working at height, both on and offshore.

MRS Training & Rescue can trace its roots back in Scotland to 1910, when it was established as a Mines Rescue Station in Cowdenbeath, Fife. With a gradual decline of the coal mines over many years, the company has expanded and diversified to meet the needs of today’s health and safety market. Using many years of expertise in underground mining it now provides unique rescue services, specialist equipment, consultancy and a comprehensive range of accredited health and safety related products, training and services to a wide range of industries, including nuclear, aerospace, manufacturing and utilities throughout the UK and overseas.

For more information about MRS Training & Rescue’s new centre in Aberdeen visit: https://www.mrsl.co.uk/training-centre/aberdeen