11 October 2013
New Energy Skills Scotland Director announces first
phase of funding to help plug energy skills gaps
More than 600 people will be trained to join the energy sector
across Scotland this year thanks to an additional £1.5m Government
fund investment designed to help plug skills gap in the sector.
The Energy Skills Challenge Fund meets essential energy skills
and training needs and is being delivered through Energy Skills
Scotland (ESS), which was announced by the First Minister in May
and managed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
Following on from the success of the pilot programme last year,
the first phase of funding this year will see the creation of an
extra 611 transition training places for new sector entrants.
Providers from across the country have received funding to
develop tailored training and co-ordinate recruitment onto courses
designed to provide qualifications and jobs for technicians and
professionals looking to transfer to work within the energy sector.
They include: Dundee College, Dumfries & Galloway College, Fife
College, Orkney College, Opito and ECITB.
As part of the package, these short transition courses will help
experienced workers to upskill and secure energy related vacancies
with companies including Rigmar Fabrication Ltd, CIET (UK) Ltd,
Bi-Fab, Petrofac, Doosan Power System and AMEC.
Announcing the list of successful bids, ESS Director
Mike Duncan said: "My new role within ESS has a clear
remit to work with employers and training providers, to simplify
and improve access to learning and skills provision within
Scotland's energy sector.
"The delivery of the Energy Skills Challenge Fund is just one
element in this process, as it responds to sector demand for new
skilled workers in the sector over the coming months and years.
"The successful bidders will focus on delivering training
solutions to help the sector to grow in strength and productivity,
providing significant support to match employer's training demands
and skills requirements."
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP said: "The
Scottish Government has responded directly to the needs of the
sector by expanding the development of this fund, which has been
designed to deliver practical solutions to the skill challenges
faced and to focus specifically on transition training, aligned to
"The fund will enable entrants with associated experience and
generalist qualifications to enter the energy sector and deliver
practical solutions to the skill challenges faced by the
"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
The fund is aligned to SDS's Energy Skills Investment Plan,
published in March 2011. It sets out ambitious proposals which have
already supported initiatives such as the Nigg Skills Academy, the
Low Carbon Skills Fund and on the Scottish Government's ongoing
commitment to fund 500 Modern Apprenticeship starts in the energy
and low carbon sectors every year until 2014.
The procurement process for the delivery of phase 2 of the
Energy Skills Challenge Fund is now under way with bids invited
through Procurement Scotland and the closing date is 25
October 2013 at noon.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Fiona Riddell, External Communications
T: 0141 285 6127
M: 07866 167999
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About Energy Skills Scotland:
Led by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and reporting to the
Energy Skills Action Group, ESS is the umbrella brand for all
public sector bodies working in the skills and education arena.
ESS will provide a focal point for industry to access skills
support for oil and gas, renewables, thermal generation, grid
transmission and carbon capture & storage (CCS).
It will build on the activities already developed from the
Energy Skills Investment Plan and work with employers and partners
across the energy sector to identify and address emerging skills
ESS will work with industry to boost collaboration and talent
flow into and across the energy sector - driving specific work to
encourage and support more women, young people and mid-career
professionals into the industry.
ESS's initial projects include: