Support for oil and gas managers affected by downturn
2 May 2017
New initiative supported by Chamber and SDS
Seventeen former oil and gas workers who lost their jobs due to
the downturn in the industry have started their journey back into
Supported by the Transition Training Fund, Executive Springboard
is an initiative which aims to help oil and gas middle and senior
managers find new pathways into employment.
Supported by the Transition Training Fund, the initiative aims
to help middle and senior managers find new pathways into
A mix of candidates who have a background in various roles in
the oil and gas industry including logistics, finance, account
management and operations, make up the first cohort which starts on
May 2 with two additional groups commencing May 29 and June 2.
The comprehensive programme will include sessions on effective
networking, personal branding and social media to help candidates
develop their recruitment profiles.
In addition to a choice of six courses from a suite of leaning
modules, candidates will have the opportunity to attend four of the
Chamber's networking events, and will be supported by the
organisation for nine months or until they are successful in
Liam Smyth, deputy chief executive of Aberdeen and Grampian
Chamber of Commerce, said: "The downturn in the oil and gas
industry has affected workers at all levels and we know that
displaced people at managerial and executive level can be reluctant
to access support or are not aware that support is available to
"Executive Springboard has been created to support these
individuals, and we are looking forward to welcoming the first
cohort of executives and managers back to the Chamber to support
them in finding new pathways to employment."
The initiative has been funded by the Transition Training Fund,
which was established by the Scottish Government and managed by
Skills Development Scotland - the fund is part of a wider response
to the downturn through the Energy Jobs
Gordon McGuinness, Director of Industry and Enterprise Networks
at Skills Development Scotland, said "Through the Energy Jobs
Taskforce, we are committed to helping individuals affected by the
downturn make the most of support available to them.
"The Executive Springboard will help all those who have signed
up to get back into employment."
Places are still available for the second and third cohorts.
Further details and application forms can be found
Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) is the
North-east of Scotland's leading private sector, member-focused,
business organisation. The Chamber represents more than 1,300
businesses with almost 130,000 employees in the private sector
covering all industry sectors, ranging in size from sole traders to
Transition Training Fund was set up by the Scottish Government
and is managed by Skills Development Scotland. It offers support
with training grants to help people retrain, upskill or get
accreditation or certification that would help them get a new job
in oil and gas, the wider energy sector, or engineering and
Energy Jobs Taskforce is a strong partnership of industry,
public sector and trade union representatives which formed in early
2015 to help tackle the immediate challenges facing the energy
Source - Skills Development Scotland