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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.

The Energy Skills Action Group (ESAG), chaired by Colin Hood, was established in September 2011 as a subgroup of the EAB. It is tasked with overseeing the implementation and development of the Skills Investment Plan.  The ESP is represented on the ESAG by Jim Brown, Director.

Positioning of ESP July 2015


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