Delivering Offshore Wind: A Science based project

East Norfolk Sixth Form college have been given a fantastic opportunity to be part of a programme which can help enrich career opportunities as well as offering students a unique chance to engage with world leaders in the offshore and renewable industry. The three stages of the programme are as follows:

Stage 1: VR Windfarm day at UEA was held on 22nd January 2020 (images to the right). Students worked in teams to create their own renewable wind energy company, and using VR technology, were tasked to build their own windfarms and presented them to the students from UTCN and UEA. This included a full financial breakdown of their own individual projects, site mapping and a presentation which was judged at the end by staff.

Stage 2: Five week industry project. Over the course of five weeks, students will have the chance to visit either 3Sun or Seajacks and work closely with them on a bespoke project. Students will work in teams to find the solution to a question/problem posed to them by individuals within the company. This will be teamed with visits into the college by individuals from both companies to help students with the project, eventually culminating with a presentation to industry leaders where a prize will be awarded to the best team. This will take place between 5th February - 4th March 2020.

Stage 3: An opportunity to work on a paid internship through the Ogden Trust with one of the many industry leading companies based in Norfolk. This is a 20-day internship where students will work on real projects for their company, with each student receiving £750 at the end of their time. These internships open the doors for future employment with specific companies as well as putting students above others in terms of experience and CV building. This is due to take place in Summer 2020.

JPUH Senior Health & Care Academy

As with everything else, this year the Health & Care Academy has gone virtual and will be hosted by the Speakers For Schools platform. Applications have been received and the academy kicks off in January, running until July. Students will complete 10-12 virtual sessions lasting two and a half hours each on all aspects of working in the NHS. This will give them a valuable insight into the huge range of roles in the NHS, culminating in group presentations at the end of the project.

We are always looking for businesses to get involved with careers talks and workshops (run via MS Teams currently) so if you can spare an hour providing an insight into your business, the roles available and how students can get into your industry that would be most appreciated. National Careers Week runs from 1st – 5th March 21, so this week especially would be perfect timing.