Scotland's colleges – delivering skills for the energy, engineering and construction sectors



ESP has been instrumental in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) with Scotland’s colleges.  This has resulted in the colleges having a lead role in establishing the Regional STEM Hub Partnerships (a collaboration of relevant partners across all regions of Scotland).  Consequently, ESP is an active member of the STEM Hub Steering Group and has convened a college STEM Lead Forum to support the development of Regional Strategies and Action Plans.

ESP has introduced and supported a number of STEM challenges across Scotland including, Bloodhound Rocket Car Challenge, IET FIRST® LEGO®, Greenpower, Big Bang Competition, Big Bang Scotland and Big Bang@ regional events plus much more.

We have developed a number of strategic partnerships with a range of organisations, including;


Since Feb 2016, ESP has received funding, sponsorship and STEM resources worth in excess of £300k.

We have sponsored a number of STEM events supporting STEM outreach from the Western Isles, West Highland (including Skye) all the way through the Central Belt into Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. 2019 events follow a similar geographic outreach and have already included events in Moray, Caithness and Sutherland. In total, the college supported STEM events have benefitted over 15,000 school pupils, 270 teachers and numerous industry partners.

A Summary of our activities geographical outreach is shown below.