Fife NGL has been operating alongside Fife’s coastal communities for over 30 years. Our aim is to be a good neighbour by managing our operations well and helping to contribute to the well-being of local communities.
Approximately 250 people work at the plant, which brings wider social and economic benefits to the area. There are supply chain benefits as a result of the goods and services that the plant requires to operate, and the plant has an active social investment programme.
In the UK, we focus on inspiring more young people to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, supporting start-up businesses and young entrepreneurs, and supporting communities near our sites and offices through community development programmes.
Supporting STEM Education
Shell aims to provide the opportunity and resources for young people to engage in STEM. Through our Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest Program and Young Engineers clubs we have engaged thousands of young people across the schools in the North East of Scotland. Our STEM programs are designed to make STEM subjects fun and interesting as well as introduce young people to the vast number of careers available in Science and Engineering.
Shell has contributed over £1million to expand the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme throughout the UK. In 2014, Tomorrow’s Engineers reached 217 secondary schools across Scotland. Our investment provides thousands of Scottish students between the ages of 11-14hands-on engineering experiences and helps them explore the diverse range of opportunities that a technical career can provide.
The Bright Ideas Challenge
What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? That’s the question put to students aged 11-14 by The Bright Ideas Challenge, a Shell cross-curricular schools’ competition. Since 2015 we have been inviting young people to use their creativity, problem solving, teamwork and STEM skills to devise innovative solutions that could power cities of the future. With over £45,000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs, there’s every reason to think big!
Shell Girls in Energy
The Girls in Energy course is an important part of our STEM education programme, providing young women with the information and inspiration they need to pursue a career in the energy industry. The Girls in Energy programme is a one-year course, designed to open young women’s eyes to the energy industry’s wealth of career opportunities. It is targeted at girls aged 14–16 in secondary education.
SCDI Young Engineers and Science Clubs
Shell are one of the main sponsors of the Young Engineers and Science Clubs run by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. The SCDI Young Engineers and Science Clubs take science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to the next level by engaging young people from secondary and primary schools across Fife in hands on exciting projects. In partnership with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC) clubs are provided with the resources to bring to life projects that are designed to demonstrate how engineering and science is utilised across a range of industries. Each year, the clubs assemble at a regional showcase event, where over 100 young people attend to share their projects with other schools and the judges. The winning clubs win £250 for their schools.
Supporting the Geobus allows a team of Geologists and from St Andrews University make earth sciences fun for thousands of secondary school pupils throughout Fife and Scotland. The Geobus bring a range of activities and resources to schools which may not be readily available to educators. The program provides the opportunity to experience real research, use professional equipment, and give young people a glimpse of the wide range of careers in earth sciences.
Community Development Programmes
Shell Twilight basketball
Shell Twilight Basketball runs in partnership with the Glasgow Rocks basketball team and is all about engaging young people in a fun game of basketball. This can open the door to discussion and supporting young people around topics such as integration, self-efficacy, healthy lifestyles and good citizenship. Operating predominantly on Friday nights in Levenmouth, Dunfermline and Lochgelly, the program targets areas where youth crime and disturbance is high. The police have reported a notable reduction in these incidents where Shell Twilight Basketball clubs are operating.
The longest Shell UK sponsorship running since the mid 80’s - Fife Art remains one of the Lochgelly Centre’s most popular shows with typically more than 300 amateur artists from Fife exhibiting their work. Six artworks are selected by a judging panel, and each winner receives an award of £200. The winning pieces are purchased by Shell and then donated to the NHS Fife in a handover ceremony. The winning works then go on display at healthcare centres across Fife.
The Fife Art exhibition is open to all artists living in Fife who are not currently taking, or have not completed, full-time degree or diploma courses. Individual artists may submit one piece of work each in any medium, such as painting, sculpture, photography, jewellery, pottery or embroidery.
Grants & Donations
The Shell Community Grants Scheme was set up to help provide support funding for local projects and events in the fence line communities around our Shell UK operations. If you live in one of these communities, you can apply for funding from the Shell Community Grants Fund through the Shell website.
Grants are available for organisations close to our operations in Scotland, based in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Fife. We can provide funding up to £4,000 for a single project.
We support local charities through our ‘Perfect Week’ initiative. Local charities benefit when staff at Fife NGL complete a week without any process or safety incidents, and a donation is made into our community charity fund.
Over the years, the staff at Fife NGL have raised thousands of pounds for local causes and charities that often resonate closely with their families and friends.
Shell LiveWIRE supports young entrepreneurs with sustainable business ideas that address the UK’s future transport, energy, natural resource or urban development needs.
Shell Springboard provides funding and business development support to UK enterprises with innovative, low-carbon products, helping take their businesses to the next level. Regional Final events have held in Aberdeen in recent years.