Road Haulage Association

Funded training in Scotland

Training opportunities available to oil and gas workers

More people affected by the downturn in the oil and gas are getting the chance to retrain for the road haulage industry.

The oil and gas industry has faced an unprecedented downturn in recent years.

This slump has particularly affected the Scottish market that relies heavily on oil and gas. 

Last year Scottish Government announced the£12m fund, Transition Training Fund (TTF) via Skills Development Scotland (SDS), to help individuals affected retrain for other sectors.

The Road Haulage Industry at the same time has experienced extreme difficulties in recent years in the recruitment and retention of suitable employees into its sector. The average age of a lorry driver in Scotland is 56 years old, recruitment levels of younger drivers is nowhere near the level needed to sustain the industry as these older workers start to retire. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has estimated that the UK is 45,000 drivers short and that this could rise over the coming years to as much as 60,000. The road haulage industry is also painfully short of skills in other areas, mainly management, compliance, mechanical and inspection roles, many of which are managerial / supervisory in nature.

The RHA has been awarded a TTF contract to manage the transition of those who have been made redundant or are under threat of redundancy due to the downturn in the oil and gas sector. This fund will provide LGV driver, management and compliance related training across the haulage sector which will be supplemented by the RHA with industry knowledge and employment opportunities, maximising the potential outcomes for all those who qualify.

The fund is open to all employees and contractors who have worked or are working either directly in the oil and gas industry or its supply chain and have been affected by the reduction in demand for skills, manufacturing and services normally delivered as part of the wider oil and gas industry.

The second round of funding was launched by Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse in Aberdeen on Friday 10th February 2017. Speaking at the launch, RHA, Regional Operations Manager, Brian Kenny, said:

“The industry as a whole is experiencing a skills shortage. We anticipate that within the next year Scotland could face a shortage of up to 25,000 drivers.

“The Transition Training Fund is a warmly welcomed opportunity for our two sectors to work together in addressing their respective skills gaps as well as demonstrating the benefits of working in road haulage.

“It’s clear that demand is there in the road haulage industry across Scotland for people who want to train as drivers.”

Diane Hill of Skills Development Scotland (SDS), who administers the Transition Training Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government, says people affected by redundancies should apply.

Diane said: “The Transition Training Fund aims to help retain the wealth of skills and experience developed by our oil and gas industry and to redeploy it in other sectors.

“This element of the fund allows training providers to help people move into a number of growth areas where there is a demand for skills, and it represents a real opportunity for people affected by redundancy to launch a new career.”

Potential trainees should contact the RHA via its dedicated website or on the contacts below for details on what opportunities are available via the fund.

01506 414 073


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