Aberdeen will be home to a national energy training academy as part of efforts to plug the oil and gas industry’s skills gap, the first minister is expected to confirm today.
Alex Salmond will be in the Granite City to unveil plans for an oil and gas training initiative, which will be based in the city and is expected to require more than £3million of investment.
The project – initially put forward by Aberdeen and Robert Gordon universities alongside Aberdeen and Banff and Buchan Colleges – will involve education institutions throughout Scotland.
It is part of an energy skills initiative designed to take advantage of growth in demand for key skill across the key energy sectors of oil and gas, renewables and transmission systems.
Industry experts have predicted Aberdeen must attract 120,000 skilled energy workers over the next decade.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, who will join Mr Salmond on a visit to Aberdeen College’s Aset oil and gas training facility today, said: “Scotland’s energy industries represent one of Scotland’s great economic success stories, with Aberdeen and the north-east being the beating heart of the sector.
“From oil and gas and thermal generation to offshore wind and grid networks, it’s vital that we continue to deliver the right supply of skills in the years ahead.”