Taskforce to meet monthly

Action to alleviate the impact of the current oil price on jobs was discussed at the first meeting of the Energy Jobs Taskforce which took place in Aberdeen on Wednesday (January 28).

A range of ideas were considered at the meeting and immediate action will be taken to translate this into tangible outcomes.

Anyone facing immediate redundancy should call the PACE helpline (0800 917 8000), and work is underway to put in place an effective way to match those facing redundancy with opportunities elsewhere.

The inaugural meeting of Scotland’s Energy Jobs Taskforce, formed by the First Minister, met to set out its stall to safeguard jobs in Scotland’s internationally renowned oil and gas sector.

It has been agreed that the taskforce will convene monthly, with the next meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 26.

The meeting, which saw a strong group from across the public and private sectors, formed quickly, reinforcing the determination of the industry to ensure Scotland retains skills and talent which supports the sector in Scotland and overseas.

In addition, a large scale PACE event is being planned and will take place in the near future.

This event will take place in Aberdeen and will bring together key organisations which provide advice and support for those facing redundancy.