Session 1 – Skills Development

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Skills Collaboration and the Transition to Net Zero

ESP is a collaboration of Scotland’s colleges and industry partners established to increase the capability and capacity to deliver the right skills for the energy, engineering and construction sectors.

ESP’s Vision is of a college sector that meets national and regional skills needs, maximising investment and job opportunities aligned with emerging technologies, the Climate Emergency and the Just Transition to Net Zero.

ESP supports several sectors by working in partnership with Government, agencies and industry establishing appropriate training programmes to provide skilled people through a number of training networks.

The wind training network has expanded over the years in line with onshore and offshore wind developments.  The Advanced Manufacture Training Network has developed and aligned with Scotland’s ambitions to become a centre of excellence for High Value Manufacture.  The Automotive Training Network has been a major success in productive collaboration providing shared resources for colleges to support their local motor vehicle SMEs. The current focus for the Automotive Training Network is firmly aligned with Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government’s low carbon targets for a Net Zero future economy.  With emerging developments in Hydrogen, ESP has established a Hydrogen Training Network formed with colleges close to Hydrogen activity across Scotland. The Construction Strategy Group has expanded over the years in line with Scottish Government and other key stakeholder developments. The Energy Efficiency Training Network has expanded through time to align with Energy Efficient Scotland developments.

Through the themed session, skills collaboration and the just transition to net zero, ESP will demonstrate some of the collaborative skills activities taking place in Scotland’s journey to net zero.



Jim Brown
Director, ESP

Jim Brown is the Director of ESP, a collaboration of Scotland’s colleges established in 2011 to provide the link between industry, government and its agencies whilst supporting colleges in the development and delivery of programmes to meet industry’s skills needs with a focus on Energy, Engineering, Construction, Emerging Technologies and STEM with a focus on the just transition to Net Zero.

He is a member of a wide range of government, industry and college sector groups and has been instrumental in establishing the group structures and training networks that underpin ESP.

An extensive skills career entering the college sector from industry before working with two Sector Skills Councils during which time he was also seconded into Scottish Government to develop their Renewable Energy Skills Framework for Action, is the Skills Lead for the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC) and represents the college sector on the Scottish Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan Implementation Steering Group.

Jim is also supporting a number of strategic projects with Dundee and Angus College including a focus on Industry 4.0 and the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc Skills Academy.

Roddy Scott
Sector Manager Engineering, ESP

Roddy has worked in the further education sector for over 30 years in Scotland and the Middle East -UAE. As Head of Engineering at Perth and then Angus colleges he has a range of experience in delivering and developing curriculum in areas of Manufacture, Aeronautical and Oil & Gas to UK and international students.

From 2013 to 2016 Roddy worked in the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company at the ADNOC training Institute involved in training locals for the UAE Oil & Gas industry. He returned to Scotland to take up the post of Sector Manager for Engineering & STEM with the ESP working with all of Scotland’s colleges and industry groups on a range of skills projects across manufacture, automotive, Oil & Gas and the renewables sectors. He has been instrumental in setting up ESP’s Engineering training networks and STEM activities.

Rachel Tulloch
Programme Manager Engineering, ESP

Rachel Tulloch is programme manager for engineering at ESP. Previously a lecturer within the engineering department at West Lothian College, Rachel has a wide knowledge of nutrition and public health including food science, manufacturing as well as experience in dealing with various barriers to adoption of key initiatives.

Rachel’s experience in curriculum design and innovative short courses has led to the successful implementation of new curriculum and learning materials in advanced manufacture, hydrogen, wind and industrial automation during her time at ESP. Rachel leads on the design of several programmes aimed at transitioning skills within engineering sectors. She also leads on several of ESP’s training networks.

Wendy Findlay
Programme Manager STEM, ESP

Wendy Findlay is a chartered mechanical engineer with over 20 years’ service in both the reserves and regular Army as an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). On leaving the services Wendy worked for FIRST Bus as an Engineering Change Manager helping improve engineering processes across Scotland promoting to Fleet Engineer for FIRST Bus Glasgow. Wendy is now Programme Manager for STEM with ESP, helping colleges and the Regional STEM Partnerships to inspire and inform future generations about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This includes the delivery of a number of skills based projects such as the IET FIRST®LEGO® League.

John Renwick
Sector Manager, Construction at ESP

John Renwick is the Sector Manager for Construction at ESP. Prior to this John was the Assistant Head of School of Engineering & Sustainable Technologies at Carnegie College; he has 17 years’ experience within further education and has vast knowledge of the construction industry. John was responsible for setting up Carnegie College’s Sustainable Technology Centre increasing the demand in renewable and energy efficiency skills training. His previous experience also included a secondment with Napier University, as a Knowledge Exchange Business Development Advisor working with SME’s to drive forward their innovative ideas.

John currently sits on the Scottish Government Industry Leadership Group for Construction as well as leading on skills for the construction and emerging technology sectors in Scotland.

Juliet Mallace
Programme Manager for Construction, ESP

Juliet Mallace is Programme Manager for Construction at ESP with 20 years’ experience in further education. Juliet trained as an architect and after some time with Dunfermline District Council, she established her own architectural practice before moving into Telford College to teach in the Built Environment Department. Throughout her time in education, she progressed to become interim Head of Construction at Edinburgh College. She has a vast knowledge of curriculum development and design, quality improvement and student experience as well as project management. At ESP Juliet works with all construction colleges to increase their capability and capacity to deliver the right skills to meet industry demand whilst aligning the need with the Scottish Governments priorities for a Just Transition to Net Zero.