Coming up short
A WORRYING skills shortage in the Highlands and Islands’ energy industry has led to the creation of a special forum to help tackle the problem.
A recent survey carried out by North Scotland Industries Group (NSIG) among 130 energy-related business across the region found a predicted shortfall of almost 300 fabricators and engineers over the next 12 months, while more than 40% of businesses said they were likely to experience skills shortages over the same period.
The survey, which was designed to quantify current and future skills shortages and potential training requirements, also found more needed to be done to encourage migrant workers to find jobs they had been trained to do in their home countries, and that a streamlining of training provision was necessary.
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