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Celebrating Coastal Energy internships

The 2022 Coastal Energy programme concludes with an event to celebrate and share achievements.

Published: 6 December 2022

This year, 21 students participated in the Coastal Energy Internship programme taking part in project placements at 16 host organisations this summer. Last month, the Trust hosted a celebration event to conclude the 2022 programme, and to share and celebrate the achievements of the interns. The event also provided an opportunity to thank Coastal Energy stakeholders for their support and to generate new interest for 2023.

The event showcased the research projects of the interns, with posters on display to highlight the key findings from each student’s project.

“By getting the opportunity to experience this industry it made me more aware of the work needed to generate this clean energy, and how many processes energy goes through from being generated to being used in homes… This industry will continue growing in order to meet with global net zero aims making it a great long-term career to pursue.”
Alfie, Energy Intern 2022

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Amy Lerpiniere, Coastal Energy College Champion for East Norfolk Sixth Form College, talks about how the programme has helped students at her college.

“Attendees from the energy industry were really impressed by the quality and level of detail our interns had put into their projects,” says Programme Officer, Choong Ling Liew-Cain. “I was thrilled to hear about the exciting experiences the Coastal Energy programme has given the interns, and to hear about the skills they have developed.

“Fifteen of the projects have already received CREST awards,” adds Choong Ling, “which is further testament to the standard and value of the work.”

At the event, Paul Ward from PPI Engineering – one of the East Anglian companies involved in the Coastal Energy programme – presented a short case study of local companies, which highlighted the importance of placement schemes like this one to engineering and other STEM careers.

He also presented an overview of the work done by their Coastal Energy intern, Joel Trotter. Joel researched a new solution to improve insulation using 3D printing, and he impressed the company with his findings.

Mike Robinson, Director of PPI Engineering Ltd, commented, “It makes us incredibly proud, that we are able to offer projects that can help students prepare for life after college. Not only does it help them seek new solutions, but it also gives them an opportunity to work on real projects, which they can use as experience to enter our industry. PPI Engineering operates in a sector which is experiencing a skill shortage, it is imperative for businesses to work with students so we can ensure that an interest in engineering and STEM careers is passed on to future generations.”

Coastal Energy internships

Coastal Energy internships provide bursaries for Year 12 and Year 13 students to undertake a 20-day summer placement with a local company in the energy/engineering sector. Internships provide a vital springboard into future possibilities, broadening access to career insights, providing meaningful work experience and engaging students in crucial conversations about renewable energy and the environment. The internships are run in partnership with seven local education providers in East Anglia, Barrow, Ulverston and Grimsby, who each have Coastal Energy College Champions. The internships are only available to students in those institutions.

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John Best, who works with the Trust to develop and deliver the Coastal Energy internships, speaks about the programme.

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