Coastal Energy internships

The Energy Internships provide bursaries for sixth form students to undertake a 20-day placement with a local energy company in the summer between Year 12 and 13. Approximately 50 placements are available each year across the Lowestoft, Grimsby, and Barrow-in-Furness areas, and each student receives a total bursary of £750 for the four weeks to contribute to the costs of travel and other expenses.

The scheme aims to provide high quality opportunities for young people to gain a deep 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. These internship schemes are part of strengthening a shared pipeline of opportunity with similar programmes in two marine communities; each serves the offshore wind, gas and nuclear industries and many of the energy companies involved have representation through both areas.

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

The internships are run in partnership with local schools and colleges and are only available to students in participating institutions.

The placement programme was replaced by a project-based scheme in 2020 - these project resources are still available and give a great insight into the sector. We hope that work-based placements will be back for 2021.

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

A list of the companies involved and the projects available in 2019, can be found here.

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 was 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. Ørsted
The Energy Internships won the East of England Energy Group Skills for Energy Award in 2017 and the Great Yarmouth Spirit of Enterprise Skills Award 2017.
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