Awards success for NESCol’s commitment to diversity and sustainability

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

NESCol triumphed in the Next Generation Learning and Skills category for its Shell Girls in Energy initiative, which centres on increasing diversity in STEM subjects and embedding energy transition in the curriculum.

Pete Smith, NESCol’s vice principal finance and resources, said: “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 more than 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 more than 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% 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.”

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