North East MSP Mike Rumbles today said that there is no room Scottish Government complacency on energy jobs as new figures suggested that fewer than one in three people who registered interest in a training fund have received offers of support.
The First Minister announced today that 600 people have received offered of financial assistance through a Transition Training Fund. Answers to Lib Dem Parliamentary Questions in August revealed that more than 1900 people had registered interest in the fund.
Mr Rumbles said: "Months after the Transition Training Fund was announced fewer than one in three of those who have registered interest in the scheme appear to have been offered support. Thousands of jobs have been lost and these figures demonstrate clearly that there is no room for complacency here.
"The TTF was announced with a blaze of publicity but the money does not seem to be getting to where it is needed. The opening of a new Statoil facility comes as a welcome boost but we have also seen decommissioning work awarded to firms outside of Scotland and there have been warnings of more job losses to come."
Notes to Editors:
In response from a written parliamentary question in August from Mr Rumbles on training schemes for energy workers, Paul Wheelhouse MSP said:
“The Transition Training Fund was announced by the First Minister on 1 February, which provides an opportunity for workers at risk of redundancy, or who have lost their jobs, from the oil & gas sector to retrain and redeploy. Since the Fund was announced, over 1,900 individuals have registered interest in the Fund, with over 300 individuals receiving offers of financial support for training courses from this group, thus far.”