Best Proactive – East of England: Opportunities

Success in numbers
The East Coast Energy Internship Programme began life in 2016 – in 2019 it will become the Coastal Energy Internship. In 2016 we started with five interns and four completed (80%). In 2017 we started with 25 interns and 23 completed (92%). In 2018, we started with 36 interns and 36 completed (100%).

Over three intakes 66 interns with 63 completing (96%) – with some amazing stories along the way… but it’s not just about the numbers.

Internship programme in detail
The students are generally aged 17-19 years old. All of the projects, which are designed by host companies in the Energy and Engineering Sectors, seek to utilise STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) skills by delivering self-managed meaningful tasks which will have value for the business.

Of real importance is developing the soft skills associated with working in a business. The phrase we use is ‘Experience of Work’ and not ‘Work Experience’. In 2018, we utilised the services of Nexus Engineering Centre to host three team projects. The project designed and built for Vattenfall, has been used in public displays and exhibitions to help engage younger pupils and help to shape career choices.

Ørsted skills hub
Flick and Ollie (who completed in 2016), were two of only five young people selected nationally to launch the Ørsted Skills Hub, presented at Global Offshore Wind in Manchester on 20th June 2018 under the title ‘Not just 20 days, but the start of a career.’

Greater Gabbard Windfarm – a study
Lucas completed a study for SSE on the impact of local content through Greater Gabbard Windfarm, after five years of operation. The project gave him a platform to develop real mathematical models, engage in face-to-face interviews to extract raw data and to analyse and present his finding and conclusions. In summary to increase his personal confidence and knowledge.

In introducing his study Lucas wrote: “At the time of writing, I am 17 years old and currently studying Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry at the Lowestoft Sixth Form College. 

“Starting this 20-day internship, I had just finished the first year of sixth form with ambitions to study physics at University. Before this Internship, I had very little clue into this industry that was right here in my home town. I wanted to get an idea of work and how I could apply my subject skills in the industry.

My eyes were truly opened during this time; before this project, I would bike past the fish market thinking that they just sold fish and that I never knew what was at the end of Commercial Road. But now I have a better understanding of a rapidly expanding, multi-billion-pound industry right on my doorstep.”

The Ogden Trust
All of this has been made possible through the generous support from The Ogden Trust. We have funding to support 50 interns in 2019 and 50 in 2020.

If you are a potential host company in Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Norwich, Barrow or Grimsby, please get in touch.

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