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S5W-22764: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made with its programme to provide retraining opportunities for workers in the north east exiting the oil and gas sector, including (a) what the uptake has been and (b) how much it is costing to deliver.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 7 May 2019

Since its inception, the Transition Training Fund (TTF) has supported more than 4,000 people affected by the global downturn in oil and gas, against an initial target to support a total of at least 3,000 over a period of three years for which funding was made available. It has achieved this through the provision of tailored support to individuals in terms of training courses and grants, and through procured courses to help people improve their skills and find new jobs.

This innovative fund was demand-led, and has surpassed TTF’s initial targets, with high levels of satisfaction recorded among those benefitting from the Fund.

The Fund is currently expected to spend a total of £11,347,000, however SDS are still dealing with a number of live applications in the Fund and this projected total may yet change in line with any variance from projected activity levels.