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Update on Fraserburgh Task Force

Published: 14 Dec 2015 00:01

Progress on Economic Recovery Plan.

The Fraserburgh Task Force is helping workers at Young's Seafood to find new jobs and exploring new fish processing market opportunities.

Business Minister Fergus Ewing today issued an update on the actions that members of the Task Force are taking to deliver the Economic Recovery Plan. It highlights:

  • support for directly employed and agency staff to find new jobs through a resource centre, and action to encourage local employers to flag up vacancies
  • work with industry bodies to identify new fish sector opportunities in the North East
  • support for the public and private sector to regenerate Fraserburgh and the wider area

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.

Business Minister Fergus Ewing said:

"Since the Task Force met for the first time in October, the Economic Recovery Plan to support workers and help the local economy is taking shape thanks to intensive work by all members.

"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.

"We know that the majority of directly employed Young's staff continue to work but face redundancy in the New Year, while many agency staff have already been redeployed or moved away. We are engaged with other employers in the area, across all sectors, to flag up vacancies to affected employees so that we can minimise the time people may be out of work and a major jobs fair will take place in Fraserburgh on January 28.

"Industry bodies are collaborating to explore the potential for a Fraserburgh seafood processing hub and looking at current and future market opportunities for the sector.

"We are also supporting ideas from the public and private sectors to regenerate Fraserburgh and the wider area, including applications for lottery funding, and new opportunities to use industrial land and town centre development.

"All members of the Task Force are working closely together and I look forward to the next full meeting of the Task Force on January 29."

Notes to editors

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.