Thousands of new opportunities are anticipated in the Highlands and Islands over the next few years in sectors such as energy, life sciences and digital technologies.

To ensure our young people are in the best possible position to benefit from these opportunities, we need to inspire more of them to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

That’s what the Science Skills Academy is all about. With a network of inspirational STEM rooms, we are working with schools, employers and families to provide exciting and stimulating activities that engage young people and make them aware of the new opportunities coming their way.


Inspire:  Hands-on practical sessions are designed to excite and inspire students, and encourage them to study STEM subjects in the future



Opportunities: Students are introduced to the wide variety of STEM career pathways, both in the Highlands and Islands region, and beyond


Community: Each STEM Room works in partnership with local schools, communities and employers to ensure that local requirements are met and activities complement STEM industries in the community

Upcoming events

Bioinformatics CPD opportunities (FREE)

30.05.18 - Fort William, 31.05.18 - Inverness, 01.06.18 - Thurso

The Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, is organising three CPD in sessions in Fort William (30th May AM, West Highland College), Inverness (31st May PM, Inverness College) and Thurso (1st June AM, North Highland College), in collaboration with Science Skills Academy.
Each 3 hour session will cover bioinformatics exercises that are closely linked to the Higher, Higher Human and Advanced Higher Biology curricula, so that you will be able to incorporate the material into your own lessons.

For more info or to book a place email Dr Heleen Plaiser (


Job Opportunities


2 Part Time roles: Scotland Regional Account Managers – (West) and (North)

Founders4Schools’ mission is to improve the life chances of students by giving them access to inspiring business leaders in their community who help them discover the skills and pathways that will be relevant when they leave education. They are looking for talented and passionate people in Scotland to help with Account Management to improve youth employability.

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