North East Scotland College wins Green Gown Award

North East Scotland College has been recognised for its commitment to diversity and sustainability with success in the Green Gown Awards.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 6:00 am
North East Scotland College's winning entry in the Green Gown Awards centred on the Shell Girls in Energy initiative, which has attracted hundreds of female pupils over the last decade.

NESCol triumphed in the Next Generation Learning and Skills category.

The Green Gown Awards UK and Ireland mark exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges.

NESCol’s winning entry centred on the Shell Girls in Energy initiative, which impressed judges with its success in increasing diversity in STEM subjects and embedding energy transition in the curriculum.

Pete Smith, NESCol’s Vice Principal Finance and Resources, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by the judging panel as winners of a very keenly contested category. It is a fantastic endorsement of the work being done by colleagues throughout the College.

“Diversity and sustainability are central to our ambitions for NESCol and the region. Shell Girls in Energy demonstrates the proactive approach being taken and has captured the imagination of participants and our industry partners.

“It has been a valuable collaboration and showcases the wider work being undertaken by Shell and the College to support the next generation to drive energy transition and embrace the opportunities the North East has to be a leader in low carbon technology.”

This year 145 female pupils from S3 to S6 in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are taking part in the Shell Girls in Energy programme.

Over the past decade 650 participants have been introduced to engineering – providing pathways to apprenticeships, college, university, and employment as well as offering placements and showcase events.

Of those who have been tracked through the programme, more than 75 per cent have pursued engineering after leaving school.

John Raine, of Shell UK Limited, said: “We want the UK – and this part of Scotland in particular – to have the pipeline of engineering skills and scientific ingenuity to make a big difference in the decades to come. That’s why our partnership with NESCol through the Shell Girls in Energy programme is so important.”