This funding forms part of the company’s £465,000 East Coast Community Fund 20-year annual commitment, and is part of the community engagement programme for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms, which are located off the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coast.
Franklin College were awarded £12,015 to support students in their STEM Career Ready programme undertake paid internships, enabling them to gain vital work experience.
Emma Swinburn, Employer Engagement Manager at Franklin College, said:
“Franklin College are delighted to have been awarded money from the East Coast Community Fund provided by Ørsted. This money will allow us to support a number of our Year 12 students on summer internships within the STEM sector enabling them to explore the vast range of careers and develop key employability skills. This funding really will make a difference to our students and we are looking forward to working with local organisations in placing our students into quality internships that will allow them to experience working within the STEM sector first hand.”
As well as contributing £75,000 a year to the East Coast Skills Fund, Ørsted has also partnered with Teach First to transform the skills landscape in the North. As part of this Ørsted support Teach First on a number of challenging targets to improve the teacher attraction and retention, and pupil progression in Grimsby, Hull and Merseyside.
Natasha Nanuck, Senior Stakeholder Advisor, said:
“Our community funds are designed to give back to the communities in which we operate, but we’ve ringfenced a part of that specifically to enable organisations to develop and deliver STEM-related training. As a predominately engineering-based company, we recognise the importance of developing STEM skills, especially in the areas where we will be operating for a number of years.
“We look forward to seeing the results from this round of funding; each project looks set to deliver an engaging programme and we will announce when the next round of funding will be open to applications early next year.”
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