The Energy Skill Partnership is a collaboration of Scotland’s colleges hosted by Dundee and Angus College. ESP membership covers all Scotland’s college regions and has been working with members since September 2011 to develop a coordinated response to ensure the college sector met the skills needs of the energy sector (with a particular focus on Renewable Energy).
To meet this need ESP are actively involved in industry and public sector strategic groups to inform, influence and support the skills infrastructure for the sector.
Jim Brown is the Director of Scotland’s colleges Energy Skills Partnership which was established in 2011 to provide the link between industry, government and its agencies and Scotland’s colleges whilst supporting colleges in the development and delivery of programmes to meet the energy sector’s skills needs.
Prior to this Jim was the Head of the Whitlock Energy Collaboration Centre at Carnegie College developing the college strategy for sustainable technologies which included initiatives such as the delivery of the UK pilot of the Wind Turbine Apprenticeship and the establishment of the Sustainable Technology Centre focussing on energy efficiency and micro-renewables.
Jim has a wealth of experience in the energy industry with roles including Head of Renewables at Energy and Utility Skills where he was charged with working with industry and governments across the three nations to develop skills interventions to support the renewable energy sector.
Jim was also seconded into Scottish Government to develop and deliver their Renewable Energy Skills Framework for Action.
Furthermore, he also worked closely with RenewableUK in developing apprenticeships to support the wind industry and with a collaboration of Sector Skills Councils to develop a Renewable Energy Skills Strategy for the UK.