ESP Overview

ESP Overview

ESP Management Board provides strategic direction in support of our strategy and action plans and links directly with our Leads Forums (Engineering, Construction and STEM). We support colleges in developing their capability, capacity and curriculum by establishing appropriate Training Networks.

ESP Management Board and Leads’ Forums

Established in 2019 to improve and enhance accountability and impact of the work of ESP, the Management Board consists of College Principals, Vice Principals and representatives from the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

The Board provides guidance and focus for the senior leadership team so they can continue to operate effectively and ensure a sustainable model of delivery to ensure that ESP can maximise future opportunities in a fast changing environment.

This is supported by our Leads’ Forums which focusses on an annual action plan which looks at policy drivers, industry demand and capability, capacity and curriculum with a strong focus on future skills needs.

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

The aim of the STEM Leads’ Forum is to share best practice between the STEM regional partnerships and develop solutions to shared challenges. This work is undertaken in partnership with higher education institutions, key regional and local industries to take forward relevant actions from the national strategy, linking industry and the curriculum to drive productivity and growth.

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

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

Member Colleges
• Established in 2020
• 20 college members

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

Member Colleges