Coastal Energy Research Projects

The Coastal Energy Internships programme normally provides bursaries for sixth form students from partner schools* to undertake a 20-day placement with a local energy company in the summer between Year 12 and 13.

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.

Coastal Energy research projects

In light of the current coronavirus restrictions, it has not been possible to organise and confirm work-based placements for 2021. But we still want to ensure that students are aware of the opportunities available in their local energy sector.

With support from Vattenfall, ScottishPower Renewables and James Fisher Marine Services, we developed a project-based Coastal Energy programme in 2020.

This project-based programme is happening again in 2021 with the projects below and additional projects and further information to be announced later in April.

Watch the introductory video and read the Coastal Energy research project document to learn more. You can then view the project brief and further information from each company to decide which research you want to complete.

Students will undertake independent project work based on local industry.

The projects can be completed by any students but some additional support is available from college champions to students from schools and colleges already involved in Coastal Energy internships*.

If you have any questions, please contact We will aim to respond to technical questions within two weeks. If you are looking for a mentor for your project, you may wish to contact your local STEM ambassador hub who could help you look for a suitable STEM ambassador to support you.

When the projects have been successfully completed, students can apply for a Gold CREST Award.

* Students who attend the schools and colleges involved in the Coastal Energy internship programme are eligible for additional project bursaries.

  • 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

If you attend one of these schools/colleges, please speak to your college champion.

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