Some of us will remember how the transition from heavy traditional industries to newer technologies in the 1980s was handled by the Tory regime of Margaret Thatcher – sudden mass unemployment, destroyed communities and a legacy of drug and alcohol abuse still with us today. The oil money used to pay the costs.
Today, 40 years later, as the oil industry enters its last days, the Scottish Government soon to be joined by Green Party ministers, ignores the Tory/Telegraph accusations of ‘extremism’ targeted at the Greens and does what they should have done had they cared about anyone, invests in transitional programmes.
Today, we read:
More than £14 million will be invested to support North East based workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Oil and Gas downturn.
The funding will provide opportunities for more than 3,000 individuals in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire through training and enterprise projects across a number of sectors, including entrepreneurship, tourism and energy transition.
This includes a climate emergency training programme to help businesses transition towards net zero, and a scheme to support employers develop business plans to ensure long-term sustainable jobs.https://www.gov.scot/news/investment-in-north-east-workers/
This is not a last-minute show but follows a £62 million programme launched in June 2020:
A multi-million pound fund has been set up to help the energy sector recover from the dual economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the oil and gas price crash.
The £62 million Energy Transition Fund will support businesses in the oil, gas and energy sectors over the next five years as they grow and diversify and will help attract private sector investment in the region.
The investment, with a focus on the North East, underpins the region’s ambitions to become a world leader in the transition to net zero, helping Scotland meet its ambitious targets on climate change.
Major projects to be considered for funding include a Global Underwater Hub, Net Zero Solution Centre projects, a Hydrogen Hub, the Acorn project and an Energy Transition Zone.
The investment will also benefit the wider Scottish energy sector and supply chain, working with local businesses to support sustainable jobs and maximise inclusive economic growth across the country.https://www.gov.scot/news/gbp-62-million-fund-for-energy-sector/
How are BBC Scotland covering this (above)? They’re not. That wee story at the bottom ‘New green jobs’ is about one power company recruiting 135 staff for ‘green jobs.’