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Our Community Programmes

We strongly believe that raising awareness and providing support at an early age to help young people make informed choices regarding their future careers is important. We are committed to being proactive in taking steps to inspire and encourage people into STEM Careers. Read more about some of our programmes below:

Women Returners Programme

ScottishPower is excited to partner with Equate Scotland to deliver our Women Returner Programme. The programme offers women who have taken a career break of two years or more from the STEM sector, and who are looking to get back into the workplace, a structured and supportive programme.Enabling them to brush up skills and knowledge and rebuild confidence in a working environment. The returnship opportunity is to support women to return to STEM employment on a more permanent basis.

To find out more about this programme click here:

Breaking Barriers Programme

The Breaking Barriers programme is run in partnership with Strathclyde University and ENABLE Scotland and includes access to mainstream university, a graduation ceremony and an eight-week work placement at ScottishPower for young people with learning disabilities.

Bright Sparks Programme – GSC

We are delighted to work in partnership with the Glasgow Science Centre.We have designed activities to tell the ScottishPower story and are spark curiosity and enthusiasm for STEM subjects.The UK faces massive future energy challenges, and the power industry needs the workforce and talent to meet those challenges.Partnerships like this will help us to engage with and encourage the next generation to join us.

We work with a number of organisations to help deliver STEM education activities; 

  • The Big Bang North West
  • Dumfries House
  • Powerwise
  • Young Engineers & Science Clubs Scotland

The Big Bang North West

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK.

The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops, exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals. The aim is to show young people the exciting and rewarding opportunities out there for them with the right experience and qualifications, by bringing classroom learning to life.

Dumfries House

Dumfries House Engineering Centre provides experiential indoor and outdoor learning for primary and early secondary school students. We work in partnership with Dumfries House and major employers to help schools deliver a range of stimulating STEM-based activities, as well as highlighting the exciting career prospects in these areas. Activities are designed to challenge pupils as they imagine, design, build and test solutions to real world problems. Information for school groups, youth organisations and forthcoming events are on the website. 


ScottishPower’s own educational website, PowerWise combines interactive activities, animations, creative missions and innovative lesson ideas to help children and young people stay safe – and spark an interest in the future of electricity. A range of educational materials are available for children, parents and teachers linked to the national curricula.

Young Engineers & Science Clubs Scotland

As part of this organisation’s annual Celebration of Engineering and Science, we present a STEM challenge for up to 50 Young Engineers and Science Clubs from all over Scotland. These primary and secondary school children don’t just get the opportunity to display their projects, but compete for a range of great prizes too.

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