Investment of over €2.6 million has been announced for new facilities at the Castlebar Regional Training Centre.
The centre provides training in the areas of roads, water, environment and fire services for local authority staff in Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Longford and Leitrim, as well as delivering training programme to the private sector.
It's one of 5 such centres across the country, and was opened in 2002 at Aras an Condae in Castlebar.
Castlebar Regional Training Centre, under the auspices of Mayo County Council, recently applied for funding for a state of the art outdoor training facility to be provided at Lios na Circe, Saleen, Castlebar.
The council has now confirmed that €2 million in funding is to be provided by the Department of Transport, while at a recent meeting of Mayo Co Co, approval was given to the borrowing of €650,000 towards the cost of the facility.
Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Councillor Richard Finn, welcome the investment, saying the facility "will provide a wonderful opportunity for staff in the region to avail of top quality, accredited, practical training locally".
Councillor Finn said the investment will provide a great boost for the region, and it's envisaged work on the centre should commence later this year.