Skills development under the spotlight at James Aiken Engineering Solutions

Employees at an Aberdeen-based sheet metal fabrication company have recently completed several industry training courses as part of the company’s continuous workforce skills development programme.

George Paterson

A team of five from James Aiken Engineering Solutions undertook an Asbestos awareness course as well as a course on working in confined spaces and passed the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.

The company invested in the industry-recognised courses as part of its HSE accreditation and competence management.

George Paterson, director of James Aiken Engineering Solutions, said: “Skills development is an important part of our business strategy and we were delighted to see members of our installation team successfully complete several training courses in recent weeks.

“Investment in this area has provided vital training to employees and helped us meet the requirements and standards set by clients to create safer working environments where only those with appropriate training and qualifications are able to work.

“We’re planning to send more members of the team on similar training courses in the future which will help their own professional development as well as strengthen the business.”

James Aiken Engineering Solutions' diverse range of customers come from the onshore and offshore energy industry, marine, power generation, food processing, municipal and corporate building maintenance, commercial utilities and local authority works.

The business has been operating in Aberdeen since 1977. Originally based near Aberdeen Harbour, the company moved to a new £1million base in the city’s Bridge of Don area in 2015.

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James Aiken Engineering Solutions has a broad customer base which covers bespoke machining and fabrication work for the on and offshore oil and gas industry, including subsea and marine works. Our engineering and fabrication teams also manufacture plant and equipment for the onshore chemical industry as well as the power generation sector.

Food processing plants are another sector where our machine, fabrication and installation skills have been utilised in the design and build of tanks and other types of bespoke equipment.

Much of our work comes in the form of contracts for commercial utilities, local authority works and maintenance projects for corporate and municipal buildings.