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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14385: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 5 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many offshore oil and gas workers have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded support by the Transition Training Fund to refresh their basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET).

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 6 March 2018

Applicants can apply for funding support from the Transition Training Fund in any sector. Funding is not dependent on a secured job outcome – however, applicants seeking support will be required to demonstrate:

  • they are actively seeking alternative employment and have identified valid vacancies in a relevant sector (typically applicants are only required to demonstrate that there are four or more vacancies in the labour market to indicate market dimension for the skills); and
  • they have identified specific retraining, up-skilling or certification requirements that will advance the pursuit of the identified opportunities.

As at 9 February 2018 the Transition Training Fund had received funding applications for BOSIET from 266 applicants, and, of these, 93 had been approved.