The Energy Internships provide bursaries for sixth form students to undertake a six–eight-week work placement with a local energy company in the summer between Year 12 and 13. Approximately 20 students are placed each year in the Lowestoft and Barrow-in-Furness areas.
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.
The Internships are run in partnership with local schools and colleges and are only available to students in participating institutions.
The Energy Internships won the East of England Energy Group Skills for Energy Award in 2017.
Before her (East Coast) Energy internship, Felicity was considering taking geology at Keele University. Now, as a direct result of the Energy internship investing four weeks practical learning in a young student at a critical time in her career development and increasing her personal confidence, focus and outlook, she is following a different path. Felicity is now at Lincoln University studying physics. She is also a student ambassador for maths and physics, continuing to share her knowledge and learning, and encouraging others. John Best, Ogden Consultant and Energy Internship lead