A doubling of planned funding to boost oil and gas training facilities has been announced by Scotland’s First Minister.
Led by Skills Development Scotland and located at Robert Gordon University, Energy Skills Scotland (ESS) is being backed by an investment package worth £6.5 million, which is double the original amount unveiled last year, announced Alex Salmond during a visit to the ASET industry training platform at Aberdeen College.
Through the development of a dedicated Energy Skills Scotland Gateway, ESS will work across the industry to boost collaborative initiatives and encourage more talent into the sector, with the specific aim to encourage and support more women, young people and mid-career professionals into the industry.
The First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, commented: “Scotland’s energy industry – across all sectors – needs 95,000 more people between now and 2020. This is a huge opportunity for Scotland – by ensuring our workforce has the right skills and training, Energy Skills Scotland will support our energy industry and ensure people can access the jobs that are available.
“Scotland is a major oil and gas producer with reserves worth up to £1.5 trillion according to Scottish Government estimates – although academic estimates have put it much higher.
“To keep pace with our potential, we must continue developing our talent and skills supply and we must ensure Scotland has the capacity to deliver the qualified workforce the industry needs.”
Morson’s Operations Director, Adrian Adair, commented: “This is a fantastic investment for Scotland’s oil and gas industry. Morson’s Aberdeen team has worked with the Robert Gordon university over the past year to encourage young people and graduates into the industry – anything that champions and supports the continued efforts to attract talent in this area is a very positive step.
“Morson works hard across all sectors to promote careers in engineering, and investments such as the ESS in Scotland help create the talent of tomorrow.”