North-east Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has said oil firms receiving UK state support during the Covid-19 pandemic should be duty bound to safeguard jobs.
Energy Jobs Taskforce
Not many days ago, a Scottish MSP said the Holyrood government ought to revive an initiative originally set up in 2015 to protect and sustain oil and gas jobs at a time of crisis.
Scottish Enterprise (SE) is seeking applicants for its next Future Industry Leaders Programme for the energy sector.
Aberdeen will feel the effects of the oil sector downturn for years to come, with another 5,500 energy sector jobs expected to be lost by 2027, a new report says.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today that a group set up to support the oil and gas industry had made a “vital contribution to strengthening the sector”.
A new entrepreneurship initiative to support senior oil and gas professionals who are either facing redundancy, or have been made redundant, is set to be launched in Aberdeen.
For over 50 years, Scotland has built up a global reputation for its strengths in oil and gas. Years of production in some of the toughest conditions in the world have created one of the strongest international supply chains, a globally respected highly-skilled workforce, a renowned academic sector and well developed energy infrastructure.
Unite is urging the Scottish Government to back Scottish Labour’s call for public investment in crucial North Sea assets at risk of being scrapped amid the oil downturn.
A new report has given a damning assessment of the Scottish Government’s efforts to help the North Sea oil and gas industry in its hour of need.
For almost two years the oil and gas sector globally has been facing one of its worst downturns in history. Many of us will have all seen first hand the impact this is having on jobs in Scotland.
Scottish colleges have been invited to bid for a share of the £12million pot Nicola Sturgeon pledged for retraining out-of-work oil and gas engineers. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) said the current funding round is the first it has launched using cash from the Oil and Gas Transition Training Fund. The overall value of the first tranche has not been fixed and will depend on the volume and viability of the bids received.
Nicola Sturgeon failed to hold a single meeting with her energy jobs chief for more than six months last year – despite at least 800 offshore workers being made redundant in that period.
There is a temptation as I write this to suggest some ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ for the UK Government and their approach to the energy industry next year, but I wouldn’t want to add to their list of promises they don’t intend on keeping.
The leader of the Energy Jobs Taskforce said there was no pretending about the amount of time it would take the industry to recover from its harsh “reality check”.
Around 800 people attend a jobs fair in Aberdeen today as the the Energy Jobs Taskforce met in the city to drive forward work supporting more than 2,500 individuals and 100 employers through the current downturn in the oil and gas industry.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the Scottish Government's Energy Jobs Taskforce has been extended for a further six months.
The Scottish Government’s energy jobs taskforce is “delivering the goods” for energy workers made redundant by the recent slump in oil prices, MSPs have been told.