Second skills funding round brings a welcome boost for education in the Humber

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 23 Nov 2018

Offshore wind farm giant Ørsted has released its latest awards from the huge East Coast Skills Fund.

This funding forms part of the company’s £465,000 commitment to the 20-year scheme. It is a central plank of the community engagement programme for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms.

An award of £20,000 goes to STEM Learning to fund an Enthuse partnership in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It will bring together eight schools and colleges, from the eligible funding area, to develop a two year intensive improvement programme to raise achievement and aspiration in STEM subjects.

Fran Dainty, head of STEM expertise at STEM Learning, said: “We are delighted that this funding from Ørsted will enable STEM Learning to work with local schools to give their pupils a world-leading science, technology, engineering and maths education.  Through excellent STEM teaching and by building awareness of STEM careers and the opportunities they offer, we can improve the life chances of some of the most vulnerable young people in the East Riding area.”

Grimsby’s Franklin College has been awarded £12,015 to support students in its STEM academy undertake paid internships. 

Emma Swinburn, employer engagement manager at Franklin College, said: “We 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.”

A further £5,000 has been awarded to Grimsby Institute to be used to help finance students who are unable to access traditional funding streams for support.

As well as contributing £75,000 a year to the East Coast Skills Fund, which takes applications from Yorkshire to Norfolk, Ørsted has also partnered with charity Teach First to transform the skills landscape. It supports 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 ring-fenced 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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