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The 2020 programme of work placements has been replaced by a project-based scheme which is open to all students.
However, If you attend one of the following schools/colleges, please speak to your college champion for further information on the additional support available for your Coastal Energy project.
- 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 look forward to work-based project placements in 2021. A list of the companies involved and the projects available in 2019, can be found here.
Last summer 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 and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to host an intern in 2019. 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.