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Fraserburgh Jobs summit

Published: 11 Jan 2016 15:00

Discussion of local job opportunities and business development.

Business Minister Fergus Ewing today convened two meetings, with local businesses and then with seafood sector businesses and their representatives, to discuss job opportunities in Fraserburgh and the surrounding area.

A major jobs fair will take place at the College in Fraserburgh on January 28 from 1000 until 1600, to help workers at Young's Seafood find employment. Mr Ewing heard from businesses in the area about current vacancies, plans to create new jobs and ideas on how to develop business.

The views will inform the Economic Recovery Plan that the Fraserburgh Task Force is producing.

Mr Ewing said:

"I came here today to meet with a cross section of businesses from Fraserburgh and surrounding area, and with the seafood sector, to hear first-hand about local job opportunities and market conditions.

"With a major jobs fair in a fortnight to help Young's staff and local people find new employment, it's imperative there is a slick and effective process to capture and advertise vacancies widely.

"We continue to support Young's staff in their bid to stay in work through our initiative for responding to redundancy situations, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE). PACE is providing on site skills development and employability support to all Young's Seafood staff.

"Local companies also told me of their priorities to increase competitiveness and I took away useful and practical suggestions to feed in to the emerging Economic Recovery Plan for the area."

Notes to editors

The Fraserburgh Task Force's next meeting will take place on January 29.

The Fraserburgh Task Force, set up to help workers and communities affected by Young's Seafood decision to reduce its operations in the town, includes representatives of Young's, USDAW, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, local elected representatives and industry bodies.

The Fraserburgh Task Force's remit is to develop an Economic Recovery Plan to:

  • Provide support and advice for the individuals employed at the site, or in the supply chain, maximising each individual's opportunity to secure alternative employment, should this be required
  • Provide support to the communities impacted by the current uncertainty and potential future job losses
  • Work with Young's to continue the work that has already been undertaken to highlight potential efficiency savings, training support and market opportunities
  • Consider the impact of the potential changes made within the context of the existing industry Scottish Seafood Partnership Action Plan
  • Consider the economic infrastructure of the local area, to identify how to create sustainable employment in the longer term.