More than 1,000 attend support event for oil and gas workers

Aberdeen PACE Event June 22

Written by – 22/06/2016 3:10 pm

More than 1000 people affected by redundancies from the oil and gas sector have attended a free event in Aberdeen offering help and advice.

The event at Robert Gordon University’s Garthdee Campus offered help both for those who have been made redundant and those at risk of losing their jobs.

It was the fourth event to be organised by the Scottish Government’s initiative for responding to redundancy situations, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) and formed part of the response from the Energy Jobs Taskforce.

Calum MacLean, PACE Manager at Skills Development Scotland (SDS) – the organisation that leads the delivery of PACE support in conjunction with a number of partners including the Department for Work and Pensions – said the numbers attending showed how important it was for people dealing with redundancy to receive support.

He added: “Today has been very useful in giving a large number of people a lot of information about how they go about taking the next steps after redundancy, what their options are and the help that’s available.

“Anyone that wasn’t able to attend can still access support through SDS’s network of local centres, and I’d encourage anyone who has either been made redundant or is at risk of redundancy to make use of the help that’s available.”

Unite the Union Life Long Learning Team and Union Learning Reps were at the event  assisting workers and Unite members with practicale advice ranging from job hunting, CV and interview advice  along with over 40  other training providers giving  offshore workers  information on training and learning opportunities


If you are a meber of Unite and are looking for advice  Please contact

Learn with UniteThe team comprises of the head of lifelong learning, supported by regional learning managers, learning organisers and national coordinators.

Kenny Barron, head of lifelong learning
Tel: 020 7611 2626

Deana Vango, ULF national project administrator
Tel: 020 7611 2626

Your regional learning managers

North West – Jane Broome
Tel: 0161 669 8676

North East, Yorkshire and the Humber – Gill Pearson

Midlands – Donna Till
Tel: 0121 553 6051

South West – Steph Wring
Tel: 0117 923 0555

London and Eastern – Dean Briody
Tel: 020 7611 2620

Lifelong Learning lead contacts in Ireland, Scotland & Wales

Belfast – Clair Caulfield
Tel: 028 9002 9450

Glasgow – Pat Egan
Tel: 07918 630366

Cardiff – Julie Evans
Tel: 029 2002 2759

National Coordinators

Equality and community coordinator – Lesley Stevenson
Tel: 0121 553 6051

Data collection and reporting coordinator – Brian Davis
Tel: 020 8800 4281

IT and communication coordinator – Jim Ritchie
Tel: 0113 236 4830

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