Scottish government invests in North East workers

More than £14m will be invested to support workers in the North East of Scotland, who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the oil and gas downturn.

The North East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund will provide training and enterprise project opportunities for more than 3,000 people in Aberdeenshire, across a range of sectors including entrepreneurship, tourism and energy transition.

This includes a climate emergency training programme to help businesses transition towards net zero and a scheme to support employers in developing business plans to ensure long-term sustainable jobs.

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Minister for youth employment and training, Jamie Hepburn, said: ‘We know that the North East is facing particular challenges as result of the double impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the downturn in oil and gas.

‘This targeted £14.3 million investment will aid economic recovery in the region and support businesses to make the transition to net zero. These 29 training projects will also provide opportunities for workers to upskill and re-skill, enabling them to capitalise on careers in growing sectors. Our funding will also support those entering the workforce and aid business growth and innovation.

‘We have worked closely with local partners including universities, local authorities and business organisations to develop these proposals and to ensure this funding meets the economic needs of the region.’

Cllr Jenny Laing, Aberdeen City Council leader, added: ‘This announcement supports the commitment and investment that Aberdeen City Council has already made in becoming a low-carbon economy. Actions around energy transition are key to the future economic health and prosperity of the North-east – supporting skills and business growth to ensure our residents are ready and able to access new jobs and opportunities.

‘Aberdeen’s credentials are second to none in the deployment of ground-breaking technology, as demonstrated by Hydrogen Aberdeen, the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, and our commitment to reaching Net Zero.

‘It is crucial that we have funds and plans in place to support our workforce, retain skilled workers and support others to develop skills or re-train to support our people, place and economy. This programme complements a number of areas of work already being delivered in partnership with others and will ensure that our city and this council continues to lead from the front.’

In related news, a new £25m investment will help businesses in Scotland utilise digital technologies and enhance workforce skills, with the aim of supporting economic recovery.

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