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The Need for an Offshore Training Passport

  • Submitted by: Mercedes Villalba, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 24 June 2021
  • Motion reference: S6M-00522
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 28 October 2021

That the Parliament recognises the publication of a survey of offshore oil and gas workers regarding training requirements to work in the energy sector, which was carried out by Friends of the Earth Scotland, Platform and Greenpeace; notes that 97% of the workers surveyed described themselves as concerned about the costs of training; understands that many are currently expected to duplicate their training to work in different areas of the energy sector, including oil and offshore wind; believes that the cost and duplication of training is a major barrier to a just energy transition that retains the skills and experiences of offshore workers; considers that their skills and experiences are essential to deliver the equitable and rapid transition to renewable energy in the north east and across the country, which it believes is itself essential to tackling the climate emergency; notes calls on the Scottish Government to commit to supporting the creation of an offshore training passport, align training standards across the energy sector and explore whether the National Transition Training Fund or Green Jobs Workforce Academy can rectify training barriers, and further notes the calls on the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government to ensure the establishment of the offshore training passport.

Supported by: Maggie Chapman, Katy Clark, Maurice Golden, Monica Lennon, Fulton MacGregor, Michael Marra, Gillian Martin, Liam McArthur, Carol Mochan, Willie Rennie, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell (Registered interest) , Lorna Slater (Registered interest) , Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Martin Whitfield, Beatrice Wishart