North Sea job matching action planned

The Scottish Government

Action to boost the impact of the current oil price on jobs and economic growth was discussed at the first meeting of the Energy Jobs Taskforce in Aberdeen last week.

Lena Wilson, chair of the Taskforce said: “There was an overwhelming sense of determination and collaboration from the members of the taskforce at today’s first meeting.

“Whilst there’s recognition that the industry both at home and internationally has major challenges ahead, the group has absolute confidence in the strength and resilience of the sector and is acutely aware of the future opportunities this industry will provide.

“The aim of this taskforce is to safeguard the decades of skills and experience built up whilst helping to put in place the most effective and efficient operating environment for the industry to ensure it is even stronger and internationally competitive as the oil price begins to recover.

There were some great ideas shared at today’s meeting and there will be swift progress in turning these into tangible actions. We have a helpline available for those facing redundancy, will be launching an online presence and will be delivering a large employability event in Aberdeen in the near future.

There’s plenty that can be done to reduce impact and further develop Scotland’s strength in the sector by working shoulder to shoulder through this tough period and today’s first meeting was very helpful in setting the foundation for what’s to come.”

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing welcomed the first meeting of the Energy Jobs Taskforce, saying: “The calibre and breadth of expertise of the Energy Jobs Taskforce members shows that we have the right people for the job round the table, working together to help those who will feel the pinch in falling oil prices the most.

“There is a real risk that the current fall in the oil price will lead to the premature decommissioning of assets and the loss of highly skilled workers. The Scottish Government, along with public sector partners, industry representative and commercial companies are doing what we can and within this context, I think it is vital that the UK Government acts now.

I welcome the constructive discussions and actions that have come out of the first meeting and I am confident that the Taskforce, chaired by Lena Wilson, will deliver tangible help to those facing redundancy.”