Gamesa Dundee 1,000 jobs blow : SNP Government told to produce its plans for energy jobs for the city

6 December 2011

Kevin Keenan , Labour group leader on Dundee is calling on the SNP Government in Edinburgh to spell out its plans to help Dundee attract large-scale renewables jobs to Dundee in the aftermath of the 1,000 jobs blow decision by Gamesa to rule Dundee out of consideration.

Councillor Keenan is writing to Energy Minister Fegus Ewing calling for it to "spell out in some detail precisely how they propose to bring large-scale employment to Dundee through the renewable energy sector. "

Councillor Keenan said,

"They need to tell Dundonians of the city’s advantages and disadvantages in terms of :

* distance from the large windfarm developments

* the development of supply chains

* the availability of land for expansion.

"They need to tell the city how they will address these issues with an outcome that favours Dundee both in the short-term and in the long-term.

" Last year the Dundee Partnership Forum indicated that Dundee’s share of energy-linked jobs ‘could rise to 1,000 jobs in direct manufacturing with the same again in support employment with around 400 long-term jobs in terms of operations and maintenance.’

How do the SNP Government :

*Propose to do ensure that the city will have the manufacturing capacity to do this?

* Ensure that there will be sufficient numbers in a workforce qualified in the maintenance of renewable technologies to sustain the industry in the city ?

*Ensure the provision of sufficient graduates of degree courses and training schemes to sustain the development of the industry in Dundee ?

"This will require industry specific skills as we in Dundee embrace this developing technology.

"Therefore greater resources and publicity must be given to the excellent courses being run by Dundee Renewables and the Skills Alliance."

"There are many individuals and organisations in the city who are working long and hard to promote Dundee’s merits in the renewables industry.

"The SNP Government owes it to them to make clear how it will help the city now that Gamesa have said that they will look elsewhere in Scotland other than Dundee.

"It is now time for the SNP Government to spell out in some detail precisely how they propose to bring large-scale employment to Dundee through the renewable energy sector.

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