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S5W-15417: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 19 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support people facing redundancy as a result of the takeover of Maersk Oil by Total.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 29 March 2018

The Scottish Government is saddened to learn of the expected redundancies at Total and will do everything it can to support those affected. The oil and gas sector remains a key component of our energy system and our economy. This will be a very difficult time for those employees affected and their families.

The Scottish Government stands ready to offer every assistance to any affected employees through our Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) initiative. PACE support was offered via engagement with the HR team at TOTAL on 19 March when our PACE team provided full information on PACE support to the company. In addition, with the information we have, we believe that staff affected in this situation are highly likely to meet the eligibility criteria for accessing the Transition Training Fund and its associated support programmes. It is in our objective to ensure our agencies and partners are able to provide skills development and employability support, and in this way PACE aims to minimise the time people affected by redundancy are out of work. I hope it is of some reassurance that PACE has an excellent track record of supporting individuals with work and other positive destinations such as self-employment.