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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14384: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 5 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many seafarers who have been made redundant from the offshore supply vessel sector have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded support by the Transition Training Fund.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 7 March 2018

The Transition Training Fund (TTF) was announced by the First Minister in February 2016. Its purpose is to support individuals who have lost, or are at risk of losing, their jobs in the oil & gas sector.

Both employed (staff) or self-employed (contractor) can apply for support. As of 9 February, 2952 individuals have been supported by the Transition Training Fund.

Unfortunately the application process to TTF is unable to segregate applicants specifically made redundant from the offshore supply vessel sector. This is as a result of the eligibility of the fund, the complexity of the job roles within the sector, the impact on employees and contractors and the transient nature of contracts.