Date lodged: 6 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what recent engagement it has had with oil and gas companies to encourage them to actively recruit young people.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 23 February 2017
I regularly meet with senior representatives from the oil and gas industry, during these meetings a wide range of issues are discussed in support of the sector, including the industry’s current and future skills agenda.
We are actively continuing to support Scotland's oil and gas industry through the Adopt and Apprentice Scheme. This has allowed businesses to benefit from a skilled trainee, whilst also receiving a financial incentive. This can help cover wage and recruitment costs of taking on a Modern Apprentice who has been made redundant from another employer.
Additionally all funds raised through the Apprentice Levy, will be invested in skills, training and workforce development to meet the needs to employers, the workforce, young people and Scotland’s economy. As a direct result of our consultation with industry we will continue to expand the number of Modern Apprenticeship opportunities as part of our planned growth to 30,000 new starts each year by 2020 alongside an increase in the number of Graduate Level and Foundation Apprenticeships during 2017-18.
The Levy will also look to respond to the immediate skills needs of employers, through the establishment of a new Flexible Workforce Development Fund for employers. The new fund will be developed with the input of employers including the industry-led Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board and shaped by College Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland.