First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the Scottish Government’s Energy Jobs Taskforce has been extended for a further six months.
The announcement came in the SNP’s Programme for Government – revealed to MSPs in Holyrood today.
The taskforce was launched at the beginning of 2015 to help the industry which has been rocked by thousands of job losses since the collapse of the oil price.
Ms Sturgeon said: “We will continue to support our oil and gas industry. Our Energy Jobs Taskforce has been extended for a further six months.
“And we will prioritise key sectors where we have a competitive advantage – food and drink, life sciences, financial services, creative industries, low carbon and renewable energy industries.”
The taskforce, is chaired by Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson, reports to the Scottish Energy Advisory Board and has focused on supporting jobs across the sector. Other taskforce members include Trevor Garlick of BP, Bob Keiller of Wood Group and Roy MacGregor, Global Energy.
The Scottish Government has introduced measures to offset the impact of the oil and gas downturn. Measures include its energy skills investment plan, the creation of Energy Skills Scotland and the establishment of the energy jobs taskforce.