ETZ Ltd has awarded leading global safety firm, RelyOn Nutec, £400,000 to support up to 400 people secure jobs in the oil and gas industry and growing renewables sector.
Individuals who are currently working in the oil and gas sector and want to recertify for the offshore wind industry, those who want to achieve first certification in the energy sector, and workers who want to renew their oil and gas safety training following 90 days lapse of certification, will now be able to have the cost fully funded at RelyOn Nutec’s Aberdeen training centre.
It costs in the region of £1000 for workers to renew their basic oil and gas safety training every four years and up to £2000 to complete GWO (Offshore Wind) basic safety and basic technical training, which require updating every two years. The support will allow eligible workers who live in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to update their certification or achieve certification for the wind sector free of charge from January-March 2022.
The funding has been awarded by ETZ Ltd, the not-for-profit company with a clear ambition to reposition the North East of Scotland as global leader in energy transition and delivery of net zero targets, and is part of the Scottish Government’s £14.3 million North East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund (NEERSF).
Individuals securing the fully funded training with RelyOn Nutec will also have two years’ access to the training firm’s e-learning library, open days with key organisations offering real employment opportunities, and a personal profile on RelyOn’s digital system, which is accessed by the firm’s vast client base to source fully certified personnel.
Andy Rodden, ETZ Ltd Offshore Renewables Director, said: “For almost 50 years this region made a massive contribution to the UK’s energy requirements and, in doing so, has sustained thousands of jobs in and across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
“ETZ Ltd has a clear focus on harnessing the highly skilled workforce across the region to ensure we maximise the massive opportunities that energy transition provides. RelyOn Nutec are a first-class organisation, and this funding will ensure workers across the North East are offered the very best in training and support as they further their careers.”
RelyOn Nutec (UK) Managing Director, Bob Donnelly, said: “We are already supporting the highly skilled and experienced Scottish oil and gas workforce to transition their skills into the renewables sector by delivering GWO training at our UK centres in Aberdeen and Teesside. It is essential that we as a region, do everything that we can to hold onto the unrivalled skills base which has over 50 years knowledge to draw on.
“Receiving this funding will allow us to offer additional training to those that need it the most, those people who have decades of skills who are struggling to find work in the difficult market conditions and need to renew their safety certification, and those who don’t have the means to commit to retrain for the renewables sector. As a business, we ensure the safety of people working in these industries, and help to save lives, and this funding will also allow us to help people to get back into work and help the region to retain its skilled workforce.”
People who are eligible to secure the funded training can contact RelyOn Nutec direct on 08444 142 142 to book a place or find out more at www.relyonnutec.com/support/energytransition