HRH the Duke of Gloucester visits Forthside construction training facility at Edinburgh College

HRH the Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to Edinburgh College’s construction training facility Forthside to meet students and learn about how the college trains future professionals.

His Royal Highness, who is a professional architect and has a personal interest in the construction sector, toured the facility and talked to students and staff.

His Royal Highness met many of the academy’s construction students before unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

HRH the Duke of Gloucester said: “I was very impressed with the range of skills being demonstrated by the students and hope that these will provide firm foundations for their future careers in the construction industry.”

He was hosted by a group from the college including Principal Annette Bruton; Chair of the Board Ian McKay; Scott Warden, head of Engineering and Built Environment; and Juliet Harkin, curriculum manager for Built Environment. Juliet led the tour around Forthside’s construction training areas, where students demonstrated their skills in joinery, painting and plumbing, built environment, and trowel trades and allied skills.

Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton said: “It was a huge honour to have a royal visit and for the students to spend time with HRH the Duke of Gloucester. He’s very knowledgeable about the sector and a supporter of making sure young people get the best possible training and support. Getting to show him what we do here was great and he was very impressed with the commitment and skill of the young people and our staff.”