Cash to keep oil and gas apprentices in a job

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans yesterday to provide security for apprentices who might be at risk of losing their jobs in the oil and gas sector. Plummeting oil prices have sparked […]

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By Taryn Nixon

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans yesterday to provide security for apprentices who might be at risk of losing their jobs in the oil and gas sector.

Plummeting oil prices have sparked fears of job losses.

The First Minister said: “The recent drop in the price of a barrel of crude oil, combined with the mismanagement of oil and gas fiscal policy by the UK Government and other challenges facing the industry, pose a threat to a number of jobs.”

She promised an increase in the incentive for firms to re-employ apprentices in the industry who face redundancy or “where necessary allow them to continue with their off the job training”.

Ms Sturgeon added: “I hope this practical proposal provides real reassurance to apprentices in the sector.”

The comments came the day before BP said it was trimming 300 jobs in the North Sea.

An Energy Jobs Taskforce to tackle the issue is being set up, said the Scottish politician, with a focus on oil and gas.