THE transition of a former Michelin tyre factory into a new centre for developing skills for low carbon transport will be sped up thanks to new funding.

Scotland’s business advice, support and funding agency Scottish Enterprise announced £2.1 million will be directed to repurposing the factory in Dundee into a new innovation site named Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP). The money will go towards developing the site, including building new “innovation labs” and a “skills academy”, to set it up as a hub for new ideas and training for greener transport technologies.

Dundee and Angus College will provide the curriculum and expertise for mechanics and transport engineers in generations to come.

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said: “This £2.1m investment in the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc Skills Academy aligns closely with the Scottish Government’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation ambition for public, private and third sector partnerships to work together to make Scotland’s workforce more agile and support employers to invest in emerging economic opportunities. The academy in Dundee will bring existing skills and knowledge from the city’s college and universities together with industry, to deliver new skills, for new technologies.”

She said the money will support the Scottish Government’s Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan, which aims to prepare the country’s workforce with the skills required to transition Scotland to net-zero.

Forbes added: “Enhancing access to skills training will help create new, high-quality green jobs, enhance regional growth, and improve access to growing low carbon markets across the globe for Scotland’s diverse businesses.”

MSIP chief executive Greig Coull said the academy will complement Scotland’s drive to become net zero by 2045.

He said: “To achieve these ambitious targets, we need advanced technology and infrastructure, but we also require future-focused skills.”