As part of the North East Business Week Banff and Buchan College will be hosting a special business breakfast later this month.
The event will focus on how a partnership approach between industry and education can help drive innovative solutions to promote growth.
The free event will be held at the newly refurbished Scottish Maritime Academy located at Peterhead’s Lido on Friday, April 26, and will run from 7am to 9am.
The college’s external affairs manager, Duncan Abernethy, told the Buchanie: “The event is free and is limited to 60 places.
“We will be sharing with delegates a handful of short case studies which have delivered growth for both the college and its partners through up-skilling staff, developing new recruits and growing capacity.”
The bite-sized partnership sessions will cover the successes of relationships with Peterhead Port Authority - the UK’s largest white fish and pelagic port; Johnston Carmichael – Scotland’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants and Stork Technical Services – a world-class asset integrity management company.
Delegates will also have an opportunity to pilot various shipping vessels with a hands-on session at the Scottish Maritime Academy’s top-of-the-range Transas Ship Simulator.
The Transas fishing/merchant vessel full mission bridge simulator is an extremely hi-tech innovation and Banff and Buchan College is the only college in the UK to offer this facility.
The simulator deals with all aspects of ship handling and covers a multitude of skills which students have to have which are now part of the MCA legislation for skippers and mates tickets.
The Maritime Academy has a specialised and dedicated team of fully qualified and experienced seaferers, and is the main provider of nautical training in the North-East of Scotland, offering courses such as Merchant Navy Deck Officer courses; Fishing Courses; HNC/D Nautical Science and short courses, including RYA courses.
It was officially opened last year by gold-medal winning Olympian Tim Baillie.