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Transition Training Fund

Monday July 11, 2016 at 2:27pm

Made redundant or at risk of redundancy in the Oil and Gas sector?

Here is what YOU can do next.


Thanks to the Transition Training fund, SOLIDWORKS training is being made available to those effected by the recent changes within the OIL and GAS sector. Whether they have recently been made redundant OR are at risk of redundancy due to the downturn.


WHAT is the Transition Training fund?

Set up by the SDS - Skills Development Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, the 12 Million Transition Training fund offers support through training grants aiming to maintain or develop new skills and gain certification and accreditation, in order to enhance chances of employment within Oil and Gas, the wider energy sector, engineering, manufacturing or even assist you to transition into STEM related teaching.

 Visit the website for further information on the Transition Training fund:


HOW can the Transition Training fund help me?

The fund will cover the financial costs of training on a case by case basis ranging from a contribution or 100% coverage of the costs. It will not cover expenses such as travelling or subsistence.


WHO can be helped?

If you have been made redundant since January 2015 and potentially previous to this providing the job loss was due to the oil and gas downturn. You can apply for the fund at any time after being made redundant, or facing the threat of redundancy. You won’t be disadvantaged if you’ve already done training with other support such as your SDS Individual Learning Account or the Employability Fund.

AM I Eligible?

  • You must be resident in Scotland
  • You have been made redundant or currently at risk of redundancy from the Oil and Gas Sector or its' supply chain
  • You have worked in the Oil and Gas sector or the supply chain as an employee or contractor
  • You must be able to show that the training will help you get a new job
  • You must be actively seeking employment

Once applied, your application is eligible to support multiple training courses if required.

How can SOLIDWORKS training enhance my chances of employment?

Thanks to the Transition Training fund, eligible candidates are able to obtain a SOLIDWORKS training passport. SOLIDWORKS is a CAD software used by 3,073,600 product designers and engineers worldwide, representing 230,400 organisations.

Commercial markets served by SOLIDWORKS software have included:

SOLIDWORKS training is offered by SolidSolutions who have 15 training venues around the UK and Ireland including Aberdeen and Glasgow in Scotland as well as extensive online resources offering help and tutorials.

"I would highly recommend the Solid Solutions training passport to anyone looking to get into or refresh their knowledge on SOLIDWORKS. The staff are very knowledgeable and the training is always up-to-date with the latest versions of the software."

 Stuart Sharples, Gaudio Awards

For more information on SolidSolutions and SOLIDWORKS training passports please visit:



Apply online:


For more information call SDS: 0808 100 1855 or TMS: 01324 550 760


What if I am NOT eligible?

Support will still be offered through PACE. Visit the website for more information:


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