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S5W-07230: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how the Transition Training Fund supports oil and gas workers who have lost their jobs in finding alternative work with onshore employers, and how many applicants to the fund have found new employment.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 14 March 2017

The £12 million Transition Training Fund, launched in 1 February 2016, offers support with training grants to help individuals retrain, upskill or get accreditation or certification that could help individuals get a new job in oil and gas, the wider energy sector, or engineering and manufacturing.

The latest figures shows that over 1600 individuals have had applications approved from the fund. Training programmes procured by the TTF will also create around 330 employment opportunities across Scotland, with the latest tranche supporting over 400 opportunities. There are also 12 individuals being supported into STEM teaching opportunities within the North East.

Skills Development Scotland have carried out an initial sample survey of participants who had undertaken training through the TTF. The findings were that 58% were in employment, of which 78% transitioned to work in new sectors. Of those in employment, 85% said that support accessed through the fund had helped them secure a job.