Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed the rolling-out of the new North-east Economic Recovery and Skills Fund (NEERSF).
The £14.3 million funding, confirmed by the Scottish Government in August, will boost employment prospects for people across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and accelerate economic growth in the region.
The NEERSF funding will support young people into work, help people re-skill and up-skill, increase innovation and boost business growth. It will address some of the disproportionate economic impact in the region from Covid-19, the oil and gas downturn and climate emergency. More than 3,000 people – from school leavers and graduates to those already in jobs – will benefit from the NEERSF programme over the next six months.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“I’m delighted to welcome yet another funding boost for the North-east from the Scottish Government and I know that local partners have been working really hard to deliver the 29 NEERSF projects.
“The overall programme aim is to aid economic recovery and the just transition to net zero in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, boost job creation, upskill and re-skill individuals to enable them to capitalise on emerging opportunities, and reduce existing inequalities through a range of targeted support across key groups and communities.
“There is a great range of very exciting projects due to be rolled-out mainly focussing on the energy, hospitality and tourism sectors which have been disproportionately affected, and young people particularly disadvantaged in the jobs market. This is good news for the North-east and I look forward to seeing this programme develop.”