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OIL AND GAS WORKERS GIVEN CHANCE TO RETRAIN AS TEACHERS

Support announced as part funding package for north east.

Oil and gas workers will be given the chance to retrain as teachers as part of the Scottish Government’s package of support for the North East.

The news was announced by Education Secretary Angela Constance on Tuesday alongside plans to consider measures to improve recruitment of teachers and headteachers in the region.

Ms Constance said that the Scottish Government would develop a pathway into teaching within the £12m Transition Training Fund announced earlier this month by the First Minister.

Commenting, Deputy Convenor of the Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee Dennis Robertson MSP said:

“The North East needs to retain its skilled workforce. The Cabinet Secretary’s announcement that individuals will be given the opportunity to retrain will greatly benefit the North East given the pressure faced in attracting teachers and headteachers to the region.

“We have a wealth of skill and experience within the oil and gas sector that the next generation can learn from; the Government’s announcement will allow these skills to be passed on, particularly by building on the number of STEM qualified teachers.

“Scottish Governments recent announcement of £379m investment, including our £125m share of the City Deal, the SNP has demonstrated that we are absolutely committed to supporting the North East and ensuring the long term prosperity of the region.”