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11 January 2016

MP & MSP hail productive Fraserburgh development meeting

Fraserburgh MP Eilidh Whiteford and MSP Stewart Stevenson have hailed two productive meetings on Monday which highlighted job opportunities and development needs in the Fraserburgh area.
Business Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP visited the town to meet with local business representatives to discuss taking the town forward following the recent challenges faced by Young’s. Among those meeting with the Business Secretary were representatives of local businesses, Aberdeenshire Council and PACE representatives tasked with ensuring the availability of work for those affected by redundancies in the seafood processing sector.

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

Speaking afterwards, 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 into the emerging Economic Recovery Plan for the area.”

Dr Whiteford, who represents the area at Westminster, commented:

"Obviously, these remain challenging times for many of the Young's workforce in Fraserburgh. However, we heard today that a significant number of those laid off have already secured alternative employment, and other potential opportunities were highlighted.

"The Scottish Government is working hard to maximise support for everyone affected. The Jobs Fair to be held on January 28 at NESCOL in Fraserburgh will be an excellent opportunity for local employers to engage with what is a highly skilled workforce."

Stewart Stevenson MSP added:

"This meeting was an excellent opportunity for local businesses to discuss what Fraserburgh needs, and what the Scottish Government can do to facilitate that. We had some very useful contributions from local businesses and everyone concerned will have come away with a clearer picture of what needs to be done going forward."
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