This programme was led by student Peer Mentors from UTCN and involved visiting college students using industry standard tools to develop their own offshore wind farms – pitching their final product to a panel of judges.
Given the pandemic in the last year and the current restrictions, UTCN students have worked closely with Vattenfall to adapt the programme to deliver remotely online. They have worked hard to ensure activities are interactive and fun to fit into an online school timetable.
It aims to inform students on; the diverse career opportunities relating to offshore wind and the low carbon economy, the new software, equipment and innovation being undertaken in the sector and the complexities of developing an offshore wind farm along with the environmental and financial considerations that are considered before going ahead with these projects.
The programme has been developed by Vattenfall, 3DWebtech and UTCN and has received match funding from the The Institution of Engineering and Technology and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers to help inspire the next generation of engineers.
Environmental Science and Geography Teacher at East Norfolk Sixth Form College described the session as an “extremely formative and well-presented display on sustainable energy use. It was great to have a clear and concise account of the environmental, socio-economic and political issues related to the development of wind farms and it gave my students a great insight into the possible careers and future opportunities that will exist in this field.”
East Norfolk Sixth Form College’s Employer Engagement Assistant, Amy Lerpiniere, commented on the students saying, “Bailey and Michael presented a fun and informative session that linked seamlessly into the curriculum. Sue also gave a really well-rounded perspective on future career opportunities in Vattenfall which inspired the students and myself. A fab workshop!”
We look forward to more opportunities for our students as a school to develop their communication skills and we are ever grateful for our colleagues at Vattenfall and all our partners for their continued support for what we do here at UTCN.
If you’re a school and you would like to know more about the opportunities and links provided by Vattenfall, please email Sophie Skipp at firstname.lastname@example.org