Ensuring we have the skills

Murdo Fraser MSP, Scottish Conservatives
Murdo Fraser MSP, Scottish Conservatives

MSP Murdo Fraser, convenor of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, has visited BiFab to see how it is equipping its workforce with the tools to meet a growth in the renewable energy sector.

Mr Fraser said that, for Scotland to be at the forefront of any possible renewable energy “revolution”, the future workforce of the country must have the right mix of skills the industry requires.

He added: “A key part of this inquiry is determining if the renewables industry is geared up to meet these challenging targets.

“Having the right workforce with the right skills will be absolutely critical to this.”

John Robertson, managing director of BiFab, said the local firm was a “leading manufacturer” in the oil and gas sector and it would continue to transfer its skills to the renewables sector covering wind, wave and tidal.

A visit was also paid to the Future Skills Centre at Adam Smith College in Glenrothes, which is a £17.5m development bringing together engineering, construction, renewables and science with renewable energy and low carbon technologies at its heart.