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Aberdeen scheme to support redundant oil and gas managers gets second round

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A second wave of a support programme for senior and middle managers made redundant in the oil and gas industry has been launched.

The Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce’s (AGCC) “springboard programme” builds on the success of the initiative’s pilot scheme last year.

The scheme directly resulted in 18 people finding new employment, while others started their own business ventures.

It is hoped that figure can be boosted this year.

Despite a slight pickup in the sector, the AGCC says there is still a high number of individuals who are unemployed, having previously worked directly or indirectly in oil and gas.

The programme, which is supported by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), will include a series of intensive two-week sessions including CV and storytelling workshops, as well as networking events.

Joanne McDermid, business development co-ordinater at the chamber, hopes it will help a fresh wave of people find work.

She said: “We had 18 people get jobs as a direct result of the project, and the feedback was that they gainedreal world advice to overcome the challenges of landing that next positive role.

“The industry has seen a slight improvement and the feedback from candidates is that there are more jobs being advertised but there is still a high amount of individuals looking for work.

“SDS has reported an increase in middle managers applying for their training funds so that means there is still a need for this. Middle managers have been left out as a result of restructuring.

“It’s about helping people improve their CVs and stand out in this tough market. There are also things like how to network, how to create a digital brand and how to be resilient at this time.

“We hope to give everyone attending the tools to find their next positive destination.”

A series of two-week programmes will take place in March, April and May with 12-15 spaces each.

Anyone wishing to apply can do so via the chamber of commerce

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