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ESP Scope

The Scottish Government’s economic strategy outlines its vision for a nation of world class scientific achievement, a magnet for talent and for investment, a powerhouse of technology, innovation and enterprise.  With science, technology and innovation at the heart of increasing competitiveness and improving Scotland's economic performance in today's knowledge-based economy.


Positioning of ESP

In May 2009, the First Minister established the Scottish Energy Advisory Board (EAB) for high level, effective, open and informed engagement between ministers, the energy industry and other relevant bodies on the main challenges facing the energy sector in Scotland.


Steering Group

The ESP steering group which is chaired by Grant Ritchie, principal at Dundee and Angus College drives forward the activity of the ESP strategy.


ESP Model

The ESP model developed by the steering group can be applied to any college sector collaboration and presents a sustainable model.  The partnership will achieve its aims by undertaking the following areas of activity:



The ESP vision is of a college sector which works collaboratively to deliver the right skills, in the right place at the right time for the energy, engineering and construction sectors, maximising Scotland’s economic development and the generation of industry capacity for jobs growth.

Its aims are:

  1. to be the interface between Scotland’s colleges and government, government agencies, industry bodies and trade associations; and to provide influence and support skills developments across Scotland’s colleges;
  2. to play a key role in economic development and job creation;
  3. to establish a demand-led system that will deliver high quality provision based on energy sector needs;
  4. to work with partners to promote the energy, engineering, construction and STEM sectors as careers of choice and develop seamless pathways through schools to college to university