About NESA

The National Energy Skills Accelerator (NESA) is a not-for-profit organisation created to support the changing needs of employers and employees through energy transition. Established in June 2021, NESA is a collaborative initiative between world-renowned institutions Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen and North East Scotland College. It is supported by key partners Skills Development Scotland and Energy Transition Zone Ltd.

NESA is a ‘one stop shop’ to access a wide range of energy courses, skills development programmes and research capabilities in its partner institutes. Through its projects and partnerships, NESA aims to understand and address the UK’s skills development needs, working in alignment with the Scottish Government’s Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan and to ensure the energy transition is accessible, inclusive and just.

More information on NESA and its current projects and partnerships can be found here.

Skills demands are developing as a result of energy transition, creating a complex landscape for people looking to join, transfer into, or progress within the energy industry. The Energy Career Pathways has been developed with support from the Scottish Funding Council, to demystify the pathways into and between energy careers.

By communicating clear routes into rewarding energy careers, the Energy Career Pathways aims to help individuals identify qualifications needed for specific jobs in the low-carbon energy, promoting opportunities for reskilling and upskilling, as well as for people joining the sector. In addition to enhancing understanding of career routes and qualifications for individuals, the Energy Career Pathways will also help inform careers advisors and employers of the provision and pathways available.


Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University delivers high-quality educational experiences that provide learners with the skills to thrive throughout their careers to become global citizens.

Partner rgu

University of Aberdeen

With its long history at the forefront of energy expertise, the University of Aberdeen offers a wide range of courses in areas including energy technologies, energy transition, renewables and sustainability.

Partner aberdeen

North East Scotland College

North East Scotland College is one of the largest colleges of Further and Higher Education in Scotland, with campuses in Aberdeen city centre, Aberdeen Altens, Fraserburgh, and a specialist maritime academy in Peterhead.

Partner nescol


ASET is a wholly-owned subsidiary of North East Scotland College providing specialist skills training for the energy, engineering, renewables, marine and construction industries.

Partner aset


The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is Scotland’s tertiary education and research authority with the purpose to sustain a world-leading system of tertiary education, research and innovation that enables students to flourish, changes lives for the better, and supports social, economic and environmental wellbeing and prosperity. The SFC provides funding in a variety of formats to tertiary education providers, to support numerous activities around education and research and innovation, including widening access and equality initiatives, capital projects and special projects.

Working with local partners, the SFC developed two Regional Tertiary Pathfinders in the North-east and South of Scotland to test regional approaches to strategic planning and skills alignment. The Regional Pathfinders have been designed to achieve:

  • Alignment of provision against societal and employer needs
  • Enhanced coherence and sustainability across provision
  • Simpler pathways and improved outcomes for learners

This project is funded through the Pathfinders project, and NESA wishes to thank the SFC for their support with the project.