Held at East Point Academy on Thursday 30 March, the Lowestoft Skills Conference was a hive of activity with students and experts from the offshore wind industry enjoying a successful showcase of career opportunities.
Led by Nwes World of Work (WoW) and supported by OrbisEnergy, the event connected employers with educational institutions, and focussed on raising aspirations relating to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to help to secure an energy industry workforce for the future.
In the region of 450 students and staff from high schools across the area were able to talk to industry leaders, including ScottishPower Renewables, Innogy, James Fisher Marine Services, Global Wind Service, Survitec Group, Cefas, and Seajacks, as well as enjoying the interactive activities they had brought along.
Jan Cockburn, Education Projects Manager for Nwes WoW said: “The Lowestoft Skills Conference at East Point Academy has been staged to inform and engage students about potential career opportunities across the offshore wind supply chain.”
Introducing the event was Johnathan Reynolds, Business Development lead from OrbisEnergy, who spoke about the rapid growth of offshore wind in Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and the wider region. He encouraged students to make the most of the event by being inquisitive and asking lots of questions of the businesses supporting the event to broaden their knowledge.
“The support from business has been incredible and underlines how important major industry players take the development of the next generation of young learners who could be part of this fast-growing sector. With the sheer scale of offshore wind in the east – across projects already generating power, under construction, and in development – there will be thousands of new job prospects over the coming years. I believe it’s our collective responsibility to educate, inform, and inspire today’s youth who will be tomorrow’s workforce.”
Joseph, a student from East Point Academy said. “I’m interested in engineering. I’ve looked around the stands today and have even tried on some of the gear – it was hot but a good experience!”