Education, Training & Skills
ALIenergy’s Education and Skills Development Officer, Kirsty Jackson-Stark has qualifications in teaching, science, renewable and sustainable energy. Kirsty also has considerable experience of providing educational services to adults and young people.
The Education and Skills development programme delivers a range of education opportunities and workshops these include;
- The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Junior Ambassador programme. This programme works with Primary, Secondary and Nursery schools as youth groups such as Guides and Scouts to increase education and skills in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM). The programme is engaging and young people learn through a wide range of interactive learning experiences. The programme delivers a number of Curriculum for Excellent experiences and outcomes. The STEM Junior Ambassador programme also aims to ensure that young people become passionate and enthusiastic about STEM. The programme also encourages and facilitate peer learning.
- The Choosing Energy Project aims to promote and encourage young people to select STEM and renewable energy courses and careers. The programme provides signposting and pathways to renewable energy and STEM careers.
- The Local Career Heroes Project will showcase and promote local people who have successfully obtained careers in the STEM and renewable energy field.
In addition to these projects ALIenergy can provide tailor made courses for adults and businesses. All courses are tailored to the needs and interests of the group.
The Education and Skills Development Programme is funded by ScottishPower Renewables community benefit funding from the Beinn Ain Tuirc 2 windfarm. ScottishPower Renewables in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council allocated a proportion of the Beinn Ain Turic 2 community benefit funding to the Education and Skills Development programme to provide long-term benefits for local people in Argyll and Bute.
Keith Anderson, Chief Executive of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “The community benefit money generated by windfarms in Argyll and Bute is an invaluable resource for many local communities. We are proud to be supporting this Education and Skills Development role, through which Kirsty is supporting the hard work of many local projects and schools programmes."