Students at East Norfolk Sixth Form College have been learning more about the wide range of careers in the offshore wind sector.

ScottishPower Renewables has been visiting local schools and colleges giving talks to promote a career in science and engineering and paid a visit to EN on 24 April 2017.

An electrical engineer from ScottishPower Renewables’ hosted a presentation to raise awareness of the range of opportunities within the offshore wind sector.

Becky Hall, work-related learning coach at EN, said: “This was a very valuable careers talk, providing students with knowledge about upcoming opportunities, which made them question and think about future choices. It was really inspiring.”

ScottishPower Renewables is committed to inspiring the future generation of engineers and scientists to work in the offshore wind industry and these workshops form part of its East Anglia ONE Skills Strategy. The developer has commenced onshore pre-construction work for its East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm. This 102 turbine windfarm, approximately 30 miles off the coast of Suffolk, is planned to meet the electricity demands of up to the equivalent of 500,000 homes* and should be fully operational during 2020.

Charlie Jordan, project director for East Anglia ONE, said: “East Anglia ONE is the first of four offshore projects we are planning off the coast of Suffolk and we’re keen to develop a skilled, local work force that can access the jobs these projects will bring to the region. Inspiring children to consider a career in science or engineering and supporting young adults through career decisions is an important part of our skills strategy and commitment to East Anglia.”

* Calculated taking the number of megawatts (714) multiplied by the number of hours in one year (8,766), multiplied by the average load factor for offshore wind for 2014 (most up to date figure available) (34.88 %, published by the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics), divided by the average annual household energy consumption

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