Dec 11 2008 Peter Carroll
CHANCELLOR of the Exchequer Alistair Darling visited the city to open a £1.5 million construction academy.
The minister officially opened the Construction Skills Academy, based at the former St John's Primary School in Laurieston, on Friday along with city council leader Steven Purcell.
The new academy will train people to help them find jobs in construction and boost regeneration in the city and the preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Mr Darling said: "This academy is important at a time like this when things are slowing down. This academy provides a chance for young people to learn skills to help them for the rest of their lives, as well as helping companies and the country.
"It's a really first class initiative by the council. It's precisely what we should be doing at this time."
Steven Purcell added: "We want to reach out to our young people who have left school and have never found work. The more skilled trades people we have in the city, the easier it is to attract more investment and jobs."