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'State of the Art' - will only do at MGS Training

MGS Training Ltd, with its headquarters located at Bargeddie in Glasgow and its 40-acre training centre at Heartlands just off the M80 between Glasgow and Edinburgh, has invested in three new pieces of Volvo Construction Equipment for its twenty year-old, CPCS accredited training school.


Since Proprietor Colin McGhee started up his business twenty years ago, he and his team of instructors have successfully trained thousands of plant operators for their CPCS accreditations from one of the oldest training academies in Scotland. “We not only cover Scotland offering courses here at our Heartlands facility, but we will also visit sites to conduct training modules all over the country and abroad,” explains Colin. “Over the years, we’ve established a strong relationship with long standing clients – even the larger companies such as Balfour Beatty and Bam Nuttall who continuously send us, or ask us to go out and train their operatives.”

The machines that Colin McGhee has invested in from SMT GB are a new Volvo A25G articulated hauler which replaces a four year-old D-model, and a twenty-two tonne Volvo EC220E, replacing a competitive model of similar size. More uniquely, the third unit, an EW180E wheeled excavator, happens to be the first of its kind to be delivered into the Scottish plant market. “The EC220E is a good optimum-sized excavator to train operators on,” says Colin.

MGS-Training-Gerry-Logue-and-Colin-McGhee-600x400Pictured: Proprietor, Colin McGhee takes delivery from SMT GB's Area Business Manager, Gerry Logue.

“Bringing the rubber duck into our training fleet opens up another plant category for us and there are not many schools that can boast of having the latest technology we find on Volvo’s A25G articulated hauler. Having these three brand new, ‘state of the art’ product types available for machine operators to train on will give us a competitive edge in providing up-to-date machine operator training,” he continues.

“Another reason for opting for the Volvo brand is SMT GB’s ability to support the product,” continues Colin. “Whilst we had very few issues with the old A25D, when they did arise, SMT was there to support us and having that peace of mind has helped us in our purchasing decision.”

MGS Training Ltd provides the full spectrum of plant and operator training from its Heartlands facility and is accredited by a number of nationally recognized awarding bodies including:

• CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme)
• NPORS (National Plant Operators Registration Scheme)
• NPTC (National Proficiency Test Council)
• SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority)
• City & Guilds
• RPA (Rail Plant Association)
• IPAF (International Powered Access Federation)

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SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.


For more information contact; 
Amy Metcalfe 
Marketing Manager 
01223 836636


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