Macdonald calls for common sense on offshore safety training

4 October 2016

North East MSP Lewis Macdonald has called for common sense to be applied with regard to offshore wind safety training in the renewable energy sector.

It follows concerns raised by oil and gas workers that they are being denied the opportunity to move into the renewables industry because of unnecessary and expensive duplicate safety training.

The North East MSP has written to Lena Wilson, the chair of the Scottish Government’s Energy Jobs Taskforce to ask her to intervene and ensure that common sense is applied.

Lewis Macdonald said:

“Oil and gas workers are more than adequately trained to make a smooth transition into the offshore wind industry. It makes little sense that they are having to pay for safety training that they are already well versed in.

“Common sense needs to be applied here. At a time when workers are losing their jobs we should be trying to remove any unnecessary barriers that prevent them from making the transition into the offshore renewables sector.

“The workforce have a lot to offer the offshore wind industry and it is not acceptable this opportunity is being missed.”

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