Increased Training Opportunities Available to Oil and Gas Workers
13 February 2017
More than 400 new training places are now available for people
leaving the oil and gas sector to gain the skills they need to move
into other industries.
A further five training providers are offering 425 opportunities to
individuals thanks to the Transition Training Fund - the fund
established by the Scottish Government to support people affected
by redundancies in oil and gas.
The second round of funding for training providers follows an
initial round last year, which saw five providers offering more
than 330 places.
A wide range of courses will offer people the chance to move into a
number of industries such as renewables, construction,
decommissioning, road haulage, smart meter insulation and
Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy,
Paul Wheelhouse, visited Colin Lawson Transport in Aberdeen, a
company committed to taking on people who have retrained from the
oil and gas industry.
Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Business,
Innovation and Energy said, "The North East of Scotland has a
highly talented oil and gas workforce with world leading skills
that can be utilised in a wide range of different sectors,
including renewables, construction, decommissioning and many
others. Our Transition Training Fund (TTF) established last year
has already supported over 1,500 oil and gas industry workers to
retrain, with some having been further supported to start their own
business. It is also successfully supporting 12 individuals to
transition into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) teaching within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire areas to
address needs in local schools. The second procurement round of TTF
will create over 400 training opportunities across a variety of
sectors. It is absolutely crucial that we take every possible
action to retain the expertise that the industry has built up over
Aberdeen-based Colin Lawson Transport employs 70 people and has
been training drivers for 20 years. Boss Colin Lawson said: "The
haulage industry can offer great careers for the right people with
the right skills.
"As a company we recognise the valuable skills people moving from
the oil and gas industry can bring.
"We are committed to taking on more people via the Transition
Training Fund who have retrained and who have shown their
commitment to forging a new career in the haulage industry."
Craig Harris used the Transition Training Fund to retrain as a
driver following redundancy. Craig, 46, said: "I worked in
technical sales in the oil and gas industry.
"Through the Transition Training Fund I've gained my class 1 and
class 2 vehicles licences.
"I would encourage anyone in a similar position to look at the
Transition Training Fund."
Road Haulage Association Regional Operations Manager, Brian Kenny,
said: "The industry as a whole is experiencing a skills shortage.
We anticipate that during the the next five years Scotland could
face a shortage of up to 25,000 drivers.
"The Transition Training Fund is a warmly welcomed opportunity for
our two sectors to work together in addressing their respective
skills gaps as well as demonstrating the benefits of working in
"It's clear that demand is there in the road haulage industry
across Scotland for people who want to train as drivers."
Diane Hill of Skills Development Scotland (SDS), who administer the
Transition Training Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government, says
people affected by redundancies should apply.
Diane said: "The Transition Training Fund aims to help retain the
wealth of skills and experience developed by our oil and gas
industry and to redeploy it in other sectors.
"This element of the fund allows training providers to help people
move into a number of growth areas where there is a demand for
skills, and it represents a real opportunity for people affected by
redundancy to launch a new career."
The training places now being made available are one element of the
Transition Training Fund, which also gives individuals the chance
to apply for support to undertake training that will help them a
find a new job.
Training providers delivering the 425 places are:
- Road Haulage Association - Scotland-wide
- Nigg Skills Academy - Inverness
- Lanarkshire College - Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Fife
- Train'd Up - Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow
- James Dunn House - Aberdeen
The increased training places are one element of the Transition
Training Fund, which also gives individuals the chance to apply for
support to undertake training that will help them a find a new
Further information on the fund, along with how to apply is also
available at www.transitiontrainingfund.co.uk