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24Feb94 UK: SPECIAL REPORT ON SCOTLAND - INVERNESS TAKES TO THE SVQ ROAD - ROAD VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION.

Inverness College's series of short courses on the New Roads and Streetworks Act looks set to become the basis for a new Scottish vocational qualification (SVQ) in road working.The head of the college's school of the built environment, Douglas Watson, says: 'This could form part of a year long course in all forms of road working.'We were one of the front runners on this and essentially we are the main training provider in this area for the Highlands and Grampian.'The course is supported by Hydro Electric which has been sending all its utility personnel from Highlands construction companies such as Morrison and R J McLeod.So far the college has run more than 30 one-week courses and trained more than 200 people since it started the Construction Industry Training Board and Scotvec (Scottish Vocational Education Council) approved scheme last March.The college is equipped with a full range of highway plant and a covered outdoor training area.This month the college is launching another short course. It will be offering CITB/CTA (Construction Training Achievement) plant operator training courses in conjunction with David Sibbald Plant Training of Armadale, Lothian.Mr Watson said: 'Short courses are providing additional funding for investment in the development of the broad base of activities.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS