Efforts to relieve the skill shortage in Scotland’s energy industry have received a £2million boost.
An extra 1,000 training places will be created by the Energy Challenge Fund, managed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
The fund is aimed at employers and training centres in the oil and gas, renewable and low-carbon sectors which can provide tailored courses and fast-track mature workers and graduates into the industry to fill vacancies.
Damien Yeates, chief executive of national skills body SDS, said: “If we are to meet future demand and help the energy and low-carbon sector to prosper, then it is crucial that we offer the support and funding needed to provide the type of training opportunities the industry demands. By developing shorter, more flexible sector-specific training, we will help Scotland’s energy industry to grow in strength and productivity.”