Support for oil and gas workers from the Western Isles

Oil and gas workers from Western Isles feeling at risk of redundancy are being encouraged to visit their local Skills Development Scotland (SDS) centre.

In addition to this support, SDS has organised a Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) event for oil and gas workers.

The event will take place on March 25th at Aberdeen Football Club and is open to those who feel they are at risk of redundancy.

Anyone who cannot attend is being encouraged to pop in to their local SDS centre to discuss the support available through PACE – the Scottish Government initiative for responding to redundancy situations.

PACE is a key focus of the new Energy Jobs Taskforce that was set up to support jobs in the energy sector.

Iain Maclennan, SDS Chair of PACE for the Western Isles, said: “The idea behind PACE is that it makes things a bit simpler for anyone facing redundancy as it brings together all the support you would expect to receive.

“I would encourage all workers who are facing redundancy, or are concerned about the possibility of losing their job, to attend the PACE event and make the most of the support available.

“Redundancy information and advice is also available to anyone visiting the SDS centre on Francis Street in Stornoway, or in Lionacleit, Benbecula.”

The Aberdeen PACE event will take place from 9.30am-3pm in the stadium’s Aberdeen Asset Management Suite and employers including Sonomatic and First Bus will join PACE partners such as SDS, Department for Work and Pensions, and Citizens Advice Scotland.

Visitors will have the opportunity to visit exhibitors in five distinct zones covering money, jobs and job searching, future learning, health and wellbeing, and setting up a business.