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Jamie Hepburn MSP

Jamie Hepburn MSP - The Minister for Employability and Training paid a visit to BiFab in Burntisland today (Thursday 13th July) to meet with senior management, apprentices and also take part in an escorted tour of the fabrication yard.

The Minister saw the work of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Fife first hand, as he visited a number of employers in the Fife region and heaped praise on the organisation.

During his visit, Mr Hepburn met with 3 BiFab apprentices: Jed Vetrino – former apprentice, Tony Janetta – 4th year apprentice and Graham Kerr – 4th year apprentice and hailed DYW Fife for playing its part in trying to reduce unemployment by 40% across the country by 2021.

More than 150 Fife schools are involved in the DYW Fife initiative, which is looking to encourage enterprise in the classroom from an early age and provide work-based learning experiences for students in the senior phase including foundation apprenticeships, structured mentoring and industry challenges.

The visit coincided with new figures which revealed that the number of young people claiming Jobseekers Allowance has fallen below 500 – that’s 1,570 fewer than three years ago.

BiFab currently employ 1200 people, whom are all involved in the delivery of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project, which is being fabricated across each of our three operations. Recognising the future need for a highly skilled workforce, BiFab introduced an apprenticeship training scheme 10 years ago, and during that time we have trained some 150 apprentices in various disciplines, with the majority of them holding full time positions within the company. This has been a highly effective scheme, transferring the skills / expertise of the workforce to the younger generation, who will hopefully put those skills to good use in future renewable energy projects.


James Douglas Hepburn (born 21 May 1979, Glasgow) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who is the Minister for Employability and Training since May 2016. He had previously been the Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health from 2014 to 2016. He has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) since 2007, firstly as an MSP for the Central Scotland region from 2007 to 2011, then as the MSP for the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency since 2011.

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