Renewable & Energy Efficiency Training Network

Energy Efficiency Training Network


Through the work with Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Scotland Programme, ESP identified a significant gap in training provision across renewable and energy efficiency technologies. To address this, we have established an Energy Efficiency Training Network across Scotland’s colleges supported of £500,000 from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund.

Funding has allowed significant capital investment in:

  • Renewable and energy efficiency equipment
  • Staff training and CPD in current and emerging technologies
  • Curriculum development

On 24 June 2021 Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, officially launched nine new Renewable & Energy Efficiency Training Centres for Scotland Read More


The Green Economy Fund aims to support projects that will ultimately help the Scottish Government in reaching its green targets, which aim to boost local economic growth, improve air quality in our cities and deliver a better future, quicker for our communities. The fund does this by helping projects that promote low-carbon heating, low-carbon transport, or the education of Scotland’s workforce for a greener future.

SP Energy Networks is proud to be funding Energy Skills Partnership through the Green Economy Fund. The funding will support the innovative project to make a long-term social and environmental impact in their area, contributing towards Scotland’s green economy. 

Jillian Violaris, Green Economy Fund – Project Manager, SP Energy Networks


Nine colleges in the SP Energy Network region have been supported to develop specialised Renewables and Energy Efficiency Training Centres to ensure they have the capability and capacity to train the future workforce.

Key Deliverables

The project places colleges at the forefront of training for the future renewables and energy efficiency workforce in Scotland. It will support employers in preparing their existing workforce to meet future demands, apprentices through gaining relevant skills and knowledge, awareness raising amongst the wider student population and local communities. 

Procure Capital Training Equipment
Procure capital training equipment and establish renewable training centres equipped with up to date technology and replicate a real life working environment as much as possible.
Promote Energy Efficiency Training
Promote energy efficiency training to industry and local councils in line with Scottish Government's Environmental policies to upskill the existing workforce and move towards a greener more efficient housing stock.

Staff Upskilling

ESP have commissioned a number of courses in line with industry needs available to college staff and students including:

  • Series of webinars delivered by Vaillant on decarbonisation of heat and low carbon technologies.
  • Webinar training on mechanical heat ventilation from Paul Heat Recovery


With investment in capital equipment for the colleges this has allowed colleges to establish their own energy efficiency and renewables training centres offering a number of different training courses to meet industry needs.