Hairdressing proving to be a popular new trade for unemployed oil workers
It’s quite a contrast from working offshore in the oil and gas industry but some oil and gas workers are exploring every possible career opportunity and hairdressing is proving to be a popular alternative to some oil workers who have lost their jobs.
Aberdeen hairdresser James Dun's House recently advertised for trainee barbers for a new salon and Co-owner Dean Walker said he was surprised to get applications from former oil workers looking to change career.
Mr Walker now is planning to develop a training centre at James Dun's House where former oil and gas workers can learn the barbering and hairdressing trade.
He said: "Surprisingly there was quite a lot of interest from the oil and gas sector, from guys looking to change the direction of their career.
"We are used to getting people straight from school, so there's an element of maturity (with the oil and gas workers) and a willingness to learn.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) who supports oil workers who have lost their jobs or who are facing redundancy, have suggested there is evidence that an increasing number of former oil and gas workers are being forced to seek careers outside the industry.
Mike Duncan, director of Energy Skills Scotland - part of SDS - said: "Barbering is not something we initially thought of as a retraining opportunity, but I'm delighted to hear an Aberdeen business is stepping forward and teaching these guys the trade."
Source: BBC News