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North East Scotland College manufacturing PPE for key workers

By Kyle Ritchie

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Staff from across North East Scotland College have continued their support for health and care professionals with the manufacture of personal protective equipment and other vital supplies.

Using the college’s 3D printing equipment and expertise, more than 1000 visors have been produced and distributed via the Protecting Essential Workers in the North East community hub established by two NESCol students as part of the regional response to the coronavirus crisis.

The college, through its three main campuses in Fraserburgh and Aberdeen, has also donated a range of other PPE items from existing stocks.

North East Scotland College's Kenny Watt (left) and Duncan Abernethy have been manufacturing PPE using 3D printing equipment.
North East Scotland College's Kenny Watt (left) and Duncan Abernethy have been manufacturing PPE using 3D printing equipment.

One of the latest projects was the manufacture of 160 visors for sheltered housing wardens in the north-east, helping the Aberdeenshire Council staff to safely support residents and enabling essential home visits to continue.

College employees at the three main campuses have also been putting their creative talents to use by creating scrubs bags for NHS staff.

NESCol principal Neil Cowie said: “We are grateful to the members of staff who have joined the manufacturing effort and helped to increase the supply of PPE to those on the frontline.

"A number of care students from the college have volunteered to join the effort and there is great admiration for all those who are working in health and social care.

“The request to support sheltered housing wardens in their vital work is one example of the teamwork that we’re seeing throughout the region.

"In testing circumstances, we are seeing the best of individuals and organisations. NESCol is pleased to be able to play its part and will continue to help in any way we can.

“Looking at the bigger picture, the college will have an important role in the economic recovery of the region and we are working closely with partners to plan for what will be an incredibly challenging period for the north-east.

"A dynamic and innovative approach to training, reskilling and workforce development will be essential and NESCol will be central to that.”

Although NESCol facilities are currently closed, the college’s work is continuing and thousands of hours of online classes are being delivered each week.

Applications are being accepted for 2020/21 courses and a full range of support services continue to be offered to existing students.

Further advice for students and applicants is available through the student advice centre team by email at studentadvice@nescol.ac.uk

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