Shell St Fergus has been operating alongside North of Scotland 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 typically work at the plant, which brings broad social and economic benefits to the area. There are also 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 our social investment on supporting community development (including grants and donations) near our sites and offices, inspiring more young people to study STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), and encouraging start-up businesses and young entrepreneurs.
Supporting STEM Education
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 principle sponsors of the SCDI Young Engineers and Science Clubs who 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.
Shell are lead sponsors of the Geobus. A team of Geologists 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, 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.
Shell Fireworks Parade
Shell UK has been supporting Theatre Modo since 2009 to work with young people from the Buchan area to create a street performance. Groups create routines using stilt-walking, fire performance, dance and street theatre such as giant puppets, skull heads, props, costumes, lanterns and banners for an evening of fireworks and a parade. The Shell Fireworks Parade takes place at Aden Country Park near Mintlaw (Scotland). Approximately 10,000 people attended last year.
Buchan Development Partnership
We work closely with the Buchan Development Partnership (BDP) to deliver our community grants programme. The BDP is an independent, community-led initiative working with communities that are close to our operations at St Fergus. Based in the village of Maud, the partnership helps groups keep their community facilities running and tackles some of the pressing economic, social and environmental issues they face. For more information, please contact the BDP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01771 613584.
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 St. Fergus Gas Plant 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 St. Fergus Gas Plant 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 been held in Aberdeen in recent years.