An Aberdeen MP has written to the head of the Scottish Government’s Energy Jobs taskforce after oil workers claimed they were being denied the chance to move into the renewables sector.
Lewis MacDonald MSP said the government should be doing “all it can” to support workers and ensure a smooth transition could be made into the “offshore wind” industry.
Writing to Dr Lena Wilson, chair of the Scottish Government’s Energy Taskforce, he said:”The offshore workforce has had more than adequate safety training and I believe that it is unacceptable that some are being forced to use their own redundancy money to repeat training that they are already well versed in.
“I would urge you as head of the Energy Jobs Taskforce to intervene and ensure that common sense is applied and act to remove any unnecessary barriers that are stopping highly skilled and well-trained workers from the oil and gas sector from entering the offshore wind industry.”
The call by the North-East of Scotland MSP comes after workers told Energy Voice’s sister publication, Energy, that they were being forced to undertake expensive training.
Workers alleged they were being made to take training they had already completed.
A dossier is reportedly being collated by union workers on the issue.