Plans announced for £14m funding

Details have emerged about the £14.3m split of cash designed to boost economic recovery and jobs in Aberdeenshire.

The Scottish Government launched the North East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund (NEERSF) in August, which aims to boost employment prospects for more than 3,000 people.

It has been confirmed that Opportunity North East (ONE) will receive £6m to spend on industry accelerators, an innovation investment fund. entrepreneur skills and hospitality apprenticeship.

A further £3m has been allocated to help create an energy transition zone (ETZ) in Aberdeen and has supported previously announced £56m of funding from the Scottish and UK governments.

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Aberdeen City Council will present more than £2m of NEERSF-funded activities through three inclusion-focused projects. education and employment. The projects will support students’ stay in education and provide paid postgraduate internships and work experience for those furthest from the labor market.

Robert Gordon University will receive £1.7m funding to support those disadvantaged or otherwise affected by the impact of the energy transition and the impact of the Covid pandemic. Projects include short skills development courses on leadership, data and digital, energy transition and entrepreneurship.

ONE CEO Jennifer Craw said the NEERSF funding provides the region with additional resources to accelerate the recovery.

“ONE’s private sector leadership and projects will make a difference for people, start-ups and established businesses over the next six months,” he said.

“We will support businesses to grow, innovate and create new jobs in low-carbon countries. economy across digital technology, food and beverage manufacturing, hospitality, life sciences and tourism.”

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