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First Minister visits Sparrows training centre

Sparrows Group hosted Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during her recent visit to Aberdeen when she met with staff at the Tyrebagger training centre.

Ms Sturgeon was interested in meeting with local businesses with experience of working on decommissioning projects and during the visit she announced a new £5million Decommissioning Challenge Fund.

The fund is intended to be used to improve capacity at Scottish ports and support infrastructure upgrades and innovation in salvage and transport methods.

As well as a tour of the facilities, Ms Sturgeon had the opportunity to gain first-hand experience on the crane simulator with Trevor Dear, training centre supervisor. She also spoke with Hydraulics apprentices Leanne Brown and Adam Clark.

Ewen Kerr, executive director - engineering & operations at Sparrows Group, said: "It was a pleasure to have the First Minister at our training centre to see what we do. We were also able to talk about our recent award to supply cranes for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm which is our biggest renewables contract to date. We have a long-history in the North Sea and our knowledge and expertise can be utilised to diversify into other sectors."

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