Ogden Energy Internships

The second year of the East Coast Energy Internship scheme is now well underway. This year, 20 interns have been placed in 18 businesses on the East Coast of England. The scheme has also been extended to the West Coast and a further five interns have been placed in three companies in the Barrow region.

Plugging the gap between work experience and apprenticeships, the internship schemes are fully funded by The Ogden Trust and provide the students with a placement that utilises and enhances their STEM skills in a business environment. The two schemes will provide 500 working days (two working years!) to industry over the months of July and August 2017 through meaningful applied projects delivered by 25 sixth form students. A fantastic win/win for all concerned.

Amongst this year’s interns is Evie Read, a 17-year-old student from East Norfolk Sixth Form College (pictured right with Galloper site manager Andy Mee). She is supporting the Galloper offshore wind farm project. Although the internship scheme focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths-related (STEM) subjects, Evie has an interest in communications; she has been working on the Galloper’s Instagram feed and her own blog as well as developing educational materials for primary and secondary age pupils.

Evie, who is from Great Yarmouth and hopes to go on to the University of East Anglia to study geophysics, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for me to gain some experience in the industry, and to understand all of the hard work and effort that goes into building an offshore windfarm.”

Evie has been based at the offices of PR agency TMS Media but has also completed site visits to the wind farm’s construction base in Lowestoft and the Siemens turbine assembly base in Great Yarmouth. The 336MW Galloper project should be complete by next spring and will generate enough power for up 336,000 homes.

John Best is the Ogden Trust Consultant responsible for the Energy Internship programme. John has considerable experience in the energy sector and founded the membership organisation East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) in 2001. He served as the Chief Executive of EEEGR for 11 years.  

Established by The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Ogden Trust and Suffolk County Council in association with Waveney District Council, the East Coast Energy Internship programme is part of a wider scheme called the Lowestoft Engineering Project (LEP). The Project is providing STEM opportunities to pupils at 12 primary schools, four high schools and two colleges in the town. The LEP is utilising ideas and practices from the more established Barrow Engineering Programme which, is itself, now being enhanced by the West Coast Energy Internship scheme. Sharing experience in both directions, the Ogden West Coast Energy Internship scheme is also drawing from experience gained in Lowestoft in 2016. These Internship schemes are part of strengthening a shared pipeline of opportunity with similar programmes in two marine communities (Barrow in Furness and Lowestoft); both serve the offshore wind, gas and nuclear industries and many of the energy companies involved have representation in both towns.


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