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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13927: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the number of jobs supported by Carillion in the north east of Scotland; whether any of these are under threat, and what support it can provide to minimise any job losses.

Answered by: Keith Brown 1 February 2018

We continue to work closely with the official receiver to obtain accurate numbers of jobs supported by Carillion in the north east of Scotland. This will allow the Scottish Government to fully assess whether any of these jobs are under threat and what support can be provided to minimise any potential job losses. At this time we expect most jobs will be absorbed by alternative companies who will pick up the work that Carillion was contracted to deliver.

For those working on the AWPR Aberdeen Roads Limited, the project contractor, has been able to confirm that there are 76 Carillion staff working on the project. Where there is a position available offers of employment have already been made and are under consideration.

We have set up helplines which apprentices, employees and companies in the supply chain offering support and advice. Should it be necessary we stand ready to support any affected employees through our Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) initiative which aims to minimise the time individuals affected by redundancy are out of work. In addition the Construction Industry Training Board has committed to putting support in place to help affected apprentices and Skills Development Scotland has contingencies in place to help modern apprentice in a potential redundancy situation. The official receiver will contact all apprentices to notify them of the implications of this situation.