Executive Springboard gets underway with first intake


Seventeen former oil and gas workers who lost their jobs in the downturn will start their journey back into employment this week as the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Springboard gets underway.

Supported by the Transition Training Fund, the initiative aims to help middle and senior managers find new pathways into employment.

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A mix of candidates who have a background in various roles in the oil and gas industry including logistics, finance, account management and operations, make up the first cohort which starts tomorrow (Tuesday, May 2), with two additional groups commencing May 29 and June 2.

The comprehensive programme will include sessions on effective networking, personal branding and social media to help candidates develop their recruitment profiles.

In addition to a choice of six courses from a suite of leaning modules, candidates will have the opportunity to attend four of the Chamber’s networking events, and will be supported by the organisation for nine months or until they are successful in finding employment.

Liam Smyth, deputy chief executive of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, said: “The downturn in the oil and gas industry has affected workers at all levels and we know that displaced people at managerial and executive level can be reluctant to access support or are not aware that support is available to them.

“Executive Springboard has been created to support these individuals, and we are looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of executives and managers back to the Chamber to support them in finding new pathways to employment.”

The initiative has been funded by the Transition Training Fund, which was established by the Scottish Government and managed by Skills Development Scotland – the fund is part of a wider response to the downturn through the Energy Jobs Taskforce.

Gordon McGuinness, Director of Industry and Enterprise Networks at Skills Development Scotland, said “Through the Energy Jobs Taskforce, we are committed to helping individuals affected by the downturn make the most of support available to them.

“The Executive Springboard will help all those who have signed up to get back into employment.”

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