ESP Overview


ESP has revisited its governance arrangements resulting in the establishment of a Management Board in support of the existing Strategy Group and three Leads Forums (Engineering, Construction and STEM). We support colleges in developing their capability, capacity and curriculum by establishing appropriate Training Networks as outlined below.

ESP Management Board
Established in 2019 to improve and enhance accountability and impact of the work of ESP (Energy Skills Partnership), the Management Board consists of College Principals and representatives from the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
The Board provides guidance and focus for the executive team so they can continue to operate effectively and ensure that ESP can maximise future opportunities in a fast changing environment.

Engineering Leads Forum

Our Engineering Leads Forum brings college engineering heads together to lead on change, building college capacity and capability in line with Scottish Governments’ strategic aims and priorities. This group collaborates to develop an employment and skills system which is able to deliver the skills and jobs needed to succeed in the 21st Century global economy

STEM Leads Forum

Education Scotland.
Association of Directors of Education Scotland.
Develop Young Workforce.

Construction Leads Forum

Our Construction Leads Forum drives strategic change within the construction and energy sectors. It is their role to lead on the developments to increase colleges capability and capacity to deliver the required skills, as well as curriculum development and influence aligned to Scottish Government policy and industry need to ensure colleges are at the forefront of training in Scotland.

Engineering Training Networks

• officially launched by the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills in 2019
• with 19 college members
• developed 2 PDA Awards in Manufacture

Member Colleges
• working closely with Transport Scotland to develop college members capacity and capability in Electric Vehicles
• with 14 college members

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• a newly established network
• focus is on the immediate skills need and future demand for:
Floating Offshore Wind
MOD shipbuilding developments
• with 20 college members

Member Colleges
• developed resources in Hydrogen Awareness Tool and Hydrogen for Transport Course
• with 9 college members

Member Colleges
• established in 2018
• with 8 college members
• redeveloped NPA Maritime Studies

Member Colleges
• established in 2013
• with 11 college members
• supported college members to secure approval delivery of new GWO BTT course
• developed the Offshore Wind Awareness course

Member Colleges

Regional STEM Partnerships

Network of 13 regional partnerships across Scotland
• Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
• Ayrshire
• Borders
• Dumfries and Galloway
• Dundee and Angus
• Edinburgh and Lothians
• Fife
• Forth Valley
• Highlands and Islands
• Lanarkshire
• West Lothian
• West Scotland

Member Colleges
ESP Model

Construction Training Networks

• Established in 2019 In response to the launch of Scottish Government’s ‘Energy Efficient Scotland’ (EES) programme
• Specialist training centres and industry to establish current & future skills needs
• Developed Scottish Installers Skills Matrix

• Established in 2013
• 17 college members
• resulted in 200% Increase in number of colleges able to deliver energy efficiency training through SP Energy Network's Green Energy Fund and Scottish Government funding

Member Colleges
• Established in 2020
• 5 college members
• developed as result of SP Energy Networks Green Economy Fund, 4 additional insulation training colleges were established bringing total to 5

Member Colleges
• Established in 2018
• 8 college members
• developed to identify future skills demand in offsite manufacture

Member Colleges
• Established in 2015
• 3 college members
• Tri-party agreement to standardise SMART metering training procedures and costs across 3 colleges

Member Colleges
• Established in 2020
• 22 college members
• developed to support construction crafts lecturers through COVID-19 pandemic

Member Colleges
• Established in 2020
• 16 college members
• developed to support construction technician lecturers through COVID-19 pandemic

Member Colleges