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Skilled Workers: Lincolnshire

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what reports he has received on the skills requirements of the workforce at the Lindsey oil refinery; and if he will make a statement; (256190)

(2) what skills courses currently funded by his Department relate to posts which have been contracted to workers from other EU member states at the Lindsey oil refinery; and how many such courses are currently available in North East Lincolnshire.

The Learning and Skills Council funds provision at the local College, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, which offers a range of industry-specific programmes of learning to help learners acquire and improve the skills needed to work in the chemical refining sector. These include chemical process operations, fabrication and welding, Health and Safety Passport scheme and general engineering and plant maintenance. We are not aware that courses are specifically arranged for learners from other EU member states.

The Government have recently announced a review of productivity and skills in the engineering construction sector. This will make recommendations on ways to improve skills and productivity in the UK engineering construction industry and identify specific factors influencing success for UK-based companies bidding for UK and foreign engineering construction contracts.