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Coastal Energy

The Coastal Energy programme provides bursaries for sixth form students to undertake a 20-day placement with a local energy company in the summer between Years 12 and 13.

The Coastal Energy scheme provides high quality internship opportunities for sixth form students from partner schools* to gain a deeper understanding of what jobs are available in the energy industry, as well as providing the students with a placement that utilises and enhances their STEM skills in a business environment.

Placements are available to students in the summer between Years 12 and 13 across the Lowestoft, Grimsby, and Barrow-in-Furness areas, which have strong offshore wind, gas and nuclear industries. Each student receives a bursary for the four weeks to contribute to the costs of travel and other expenses.

In summer 2019, I was selected for an internship with UK Power Networks. It was a remarkable experience, as I was able to gain valuable skills such as leadership qualities, effective communication, learning to adapt to different situations, working under pressure and many more. This time not only allowed me to boost my CV to attract future employers, but it also allowed me to grow as a character and discover attributes about myself I never knew I had. I would highly recommend the Ogden Trust internship programme to everyone who believes they can take on the challenge!
Student, East Norfolk Sixth Form College

*If you attend one of the following schools/colleges, please speak to your college champion for information on the Coastal Energy internships and how to apply.

  • East Coast College
  • East Norfolk Sixth Form
  • Lowestoft Sixth Form College
  • UTC Norfolk
  • Ulverston Victoria High School
  • Franklin Sixth Form College
  • Furness College and Barrow Sixth Form

We hosted an intern at our East Coast Hub for four weeks. Franklin College supported us in finding a suitable intern and, once placed, our intern had the opportunity to develop key employability skills whilst undertaking a research project on sustainability. The opportunity and experience were hugely beneficial to us as a business and to our intern, and we have implemented many of the recommendations that our intern suggested to us within her research. Supporting young people to develop skills and experience is important to us as a local employer.
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Coastal Energy Internship Programme 2022

These are pictures from some of the interns who were part of the 2022 programme.

Tom and Joe - Vattenfall

Tom and Joe worked on a project with Vattenfall to create a revision resource for GCSE Geography students about renewable energy and climate change with up-to-date information.

Alfie - Offshore NRG/Scottish Power

Alfie investigated the use of risk assessments and method statements in the offshore wind industry.

Hope and Josh - PAD-CIC

Hope and Josh used PAD-CIC as a case study to demonstrate the social benefits of community-led, small-scale renewable energy projects.

Coastal Energy research projects

Coronavirus restrictions meant that for 2020 and 2021 a project-based programme was available.

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