Redundant oil and gas workers to retrain as teachers

A new Aberdeen scheme guarantees a job as a teacher for oil and gas workers who have been made redundant and are looking to start a new career. The Transition […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A new Aberdeen scheme guarantees a job as a teacher for oil and gas workers who have been made redundant and are looking to start a new career.

The Transition Training Fund, with a budget of £20 million, offers grants for retraining or further education for workers to become secondary teachers in science, technology, engineering and maths [STEM] that have recently struggled to attract staff.

The news comes as the downturn in oil prices has hit the sector and led to thousands of job losses.

The scheme will allow suitably qualified workers to be employed by Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire local councils while they are undertaking their training and will eventually provide jobs for four years for up to 20 people.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney made the announcement today at a conference of headteachers in Aberdeen: “The North East has a highly skilled oil and gas workforce and we want to utilise these skills and offer those affected by job losses with a positive career path. By becoming a teacher, they can use their knowledge and expertise to inspire the next generation of young people in STEM subjects.”

Last week Oil & Gas UK said the number of jobs lost due to the downturn in the oil and gas industry could reach 120,000 by the end of 2016.