More industry training available after hundreds of North East workers book free places
Free industry safety training offered to workers in the North East by leading global safety company, RelyOn Nutec, has proved so successful that the Scottish Government has reallocated funds to provide more places until at the end of May.
Following a £400,000 funding boost from ETZ, RelyOn Nutec has already allocated free training spaces to over 320 people since January, many of whom were unemployed and others looking to re-enter the industry or move on. to renewable energies.
With a current waiting list of over a hundred people keen to take advantage of the Oil and Gas Safety Training or Combined Offshore Wind Training, additional funding of £155,000 has now been earmarked for support the program and it is expected that an additional 150 people will benefit from funded training space.
The majority of training provided so far has been in renewable energy, which normally costs around £2,000 to complete the basic GWO (Global Wind Organisation) technical and safety training.
Fully funded places at RelyOn Nutec’s Aberdeen Training Center are available to people living in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire areas who are currently working in the oil and gas sector and wish to recertify for the wind industry offshore, those seeking first-time certification in the energy sector, and workers wishing to renew their oil and gas safety training after 90 days of certification expiration.
Both sets of funding were awarded by ETZ, the not-for-profit company which aims to reposition the North East of Scotland as a global leader in energy transition and achieving net zero targets, and is part of the Scottish Government’s £14.3million. North East Recovery and Skills Fund (NEERSF).
Managing Director of RelyOn Nutec (UK), Bob Donnelly, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the interest we have received in this free industry safety training.
“Overall, we had more than a thousand applicants, but some of them did not meet the eligibility criteria.
“Of those we supported, a number were either unemployed or struggling to find work due to expired certification, so we’re glad we were able to help these people take an essential step. to return to work after the crisis and the pandemic.
“More than a hundred candidates also registered with recruiters and employers during the recruitment events we organized at the training center.
“The reallocated funding of £155,000 is a huge boost as we will now be able to help even more workers in the area.
“The interest we have seen in these free training opportunities shows that there is a real appetite for local people to return to the industry or switch to renewable energy and it is essential that we now invest in the talents of the industry of the future.
ETZ Offshore Renewables Director Andy Rodden said, “ETZ is delighted to continue to support the offshore recertification program run by RelyOn Nutec and their training has already provided certification to an overwhelming number of delegates.
“The reallocation of funds will ensure that other delegates can receive top-notch training to maximize their opportunities in new sectors.
“As a region, we need to find ways to harness and retain the unrivaled skills of the North East of Scotland.
“Programs such as RelyOn Nutec-funded courses are critical to developing our workforce to support the energy transition.”
Individuals obtaining the fully funded training with RelyOn Nutec will also have access for two years to the training company’s e-learning library and a personal profile on RelyOn’s digital system, to which the company’s vast customer base has access to find fully certified personnel.
Those eligible for the funded training can contact RelyOn Nutec by calling: 08444 142 142 to reserve a place or find out more at www.relyonnutec.com/support/energytransition.