MSP calls for training support for energy skills



10 May 2018

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today called on the First Minister to provide the training support necessary to help maintain a workforce presence at the BiFab yards at Methil and Stornoway, as well as the yard at Burntisland.

After asking the First Minister about training support for BiFab workers at parliament today, Lewis Macdonald said:

“BiFab may have been bought by a new company, but the future is still uncertain for many employees, especially those at Methil and at Arnish near Stornoway. “Financial support from the Scottish Government and its agencies for training could help to maintain a workforce at these yards, preventing their closure and making sure that workers are ready to meet the new challenges of supporting Scotland’s offshore renewables industry.

“Training and skills are a key concern for energy industries in Scotland, both renewables and oil and gas.

“Just this morning, a report from Opito identified that 10,000 new roles which currently don’t exist will need to be created over the next 20 years in the oil and gas industry, working in robotics, data science and remote operations.

“It is vital that Scotland is prepared for these changes, and Scottish Ministers must be prepared to support the industry and the necessary investment.

“The BiFab yards are an enormous asset for Scotland’s renewables future, and the Scottish Government must use all the means available to it to ensure that these yards remain operational."