Supporting STEM Education
Shell aims to provide the opportunity and resources for young people to engage in STEM. Through our Energy Quest Programme and Young Engineers clubs we have engaged hundreds of young people across schools in Fife. 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 invested over £3million in Energy Quest, an in-school workshop that’s already given over 215,000 students from almost 1,500 schools, hands-on engineering experiences and careers information over the last six years.
The journey to inspire more young people about engineering starts in school. That’s why Shell has been supporting this in-class programme since 2014. The Energy Quest is a two-hour workshop that can be delivered by an experienced Energy Quest facilitator or remotely, via a student, or teacher-led activity.
The Bright Ideas Challenge
Shell’s STEM schools' programmes aim to inspire and support young people to create a better world through science, engineering and creativity. At the programme’s heart is our schools’ competition, The Bright Ideas Challenge. The Challenge asks students aged 11-14 to imagine bright energy ideas to power a future city.
Since launching in 2015, The Bright Ideas Challenge has engaged with over 670 schools across Great Britain and has supported schools with over a quarter of a million pounds in prizes.
Shell Girls in Energy
The Girls in Energy programme is a one-year course that is designed to open young women’s eyes to the energy industry’s wealth of career opportunities. Delivered in partnership by North East Scotland College and Fife College, the programme delivers weekly lessons, workshops and field visits to young women aged 14–16 in secondary education.
SCDI Young Engineers and Science Clubs
SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC) programme supports learners aged 3-18 and their teachers with a range of innovative STEM projects, developed with our industry partners. The interdisciplinary projects – accompanied by resource kits and teacher CPD courses – support teachers to tackle challenging STEM concepts through engaging activities; while supporting pupils to develop valuable skills and knowledge; to encourage uptake in STEM subjects and careers.
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 Fife Cultural Trust’s most popular shows with typically more than 200 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 and Donations
Organisations involved in community projects or events close to our plant or operations can apply for support funding from the Shell Community Grant Fund. If you live in one of these communities, you can apply for funding of up to £1,000 for a single project via the Shell Community Grant web page. (Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Fife in the North East of Scotland, and Bacton in the East of England)
We also support local charities through our separate ‘Perfect Week’ initiative. Local charities benefit when staff at the 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 have raised thousands of pounds for local causes and charities that often resonate closely with their families and friends.
Shell StartUp Engine UK
We support innovative low-carbon start-ups through Shell StartUp Engine UK, a new programme replacing the long-running Shell LiveWIRE UK and Shell Springboard programmes. The initiative focuses on scale and growth-stage start-ups that are best placed to accelerate a fair and just energy transition, improve access to energy and help consumers make smarter energy choices. CEOs of these start-ups benefit from high-quality mentorship, access to potential investors and partners and being part of a vibrant community of entrepreneurs. It’s exactly these start-ups that can and will play a critical role in enabling clean and resilient growth in the future.