Energy Skills Scotland

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Dennis Robertson Dennis Robertson Scottish National Party

5. To ask the Scottish Government whether the Energy Skills Scotland project will provide job opportunities for people beyond the north-east. (S4O-02219)

Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

Yes, it will. Between new jobs from sector growth and replacement of existing personnel who will retire, I expect around 95,000 job opportunities to arise over the next seven years in the energy sector in Scotland. Energy Skills Scotland will work with industry, schools, colleges, universities and others to meet the energy sector’s needs.

Photo of Dennis Robertson Dennis Robertson Scottish National Party

The minister will be aware that, in the north-east in particular, much is being done to try to resolve the gender imbalance in the energy sector. Is he hopeful that, in the rest of Scotland, attempts will be made to mirror the efforts that have been taking place in the north-east to resolve the gender mismatch?

Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

Yes, I am hopeful that, throughout Scotland, we will encourage more females to enter the oil and gas, renewables and, indeed, chemical engineering sectors. As John Swinney said in reply to an earlier question, the issue applies across all sectors.

The Irish poet William Butler Yeats said that education is not about filling a bucket; it is about lighting a fire. Therefore, we want our inspiration, particularly for girls in Scotland, to be truly infernal.