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Dogger Bank Wind Farm Community Fund supports virtual work experience for South Tyneside pupils

26th May 2022 in Community News, Events, Press releases

  • Event Date: 23rd May 2022
  • Location: Virtual
  • 300 students in South Tyneside to benefit from work experience that has not been available in person due to the pandemic.
  • The theme ‘Engineering your Future’ will allow pupils to explore what a career in STEM is really like.
  • The activities are part of a £1 million community fund investment during the construction of the wind farm.

300 secondary school children in the North East of England are set to benefit from virtual work experience, to help prepare them for future careers.

The activities have been developed in partnership with South Tyneside Council, where the Operation and Maintenance Base will be located at the Port of Tyne. This is part of a wider £1 million community investment fund putting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at the heart of young people’s education, to help them prepare for the jobs that will be vital to the green economic recovery of the UK.

Cllr Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said:

“This week-long event will provide a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain insight and understanding of the STEM careers that developments like Dogger Bank will be opening up right on our doorstep.

“South Tyneside is at the forefront of the green industrial revolution and it’s vital that our young people can capitalise on that.

“Nurturing a  well-qualified workforce is a priority for us and engaging with students with events like this will help broaden their aspirations and give them the knowledge and skills they need to support industry.”

Due to the pandemic no school children are able to attend work experience in person this year in South Tyneside, therefore, Dogger Bank Wind Farm is working with Springpod to deliver an online week long work experience to provide children an overview of STEM careers and set them some interesting challenges. The theme ‘Engineering your Future’ will explore what its really like to work in a role built on the foundation of STEM subjects.

Tom Nightingale, North East Stakeholder Manager said:

“The virtual work experience will be vital to support local school pupils with the skills needed to prepare them for their future careers. We are proud to be delivering such important services that can make a real difference to the lives of people in our local communities, in addition to the jobs and supply chain benefits created by the wind farm.

“This is one of the ways that our community fund will benefit an estimated 14,000 young people in the north-east of England, as we open their eyes to the green industry opportunities of our net zero future and help to unlock their future potential.“

In addition to enhancing STEM provision in the classroom, 62 students from the north-east of England and East Riding of Yorkshire will receive a scholarship to help with the cost of further education qualifications while studying STEM subjects, with the first 25 already awarded.

The £1 million investment also includes an Operators Fund to support other local causes to the value of up to £500. Community projects and local organisations in South Tyneside are able to apply at www.doggerbank.com.

Additional community funding will be allocated throughout the operational phase of the windfarm. The Dogger Bank Wind Farm STEM investment is one of the largest commitments to skills ever made by the offshore wind sector.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be located more than 130 km off the Yorkshire coast and will generate enough renewable energy to power six million UK homes. A joint venture between SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni Plenitude, SSE Renewables is leading on Dogger Bank construction and delivery while Equinor will operate the wind farm for its lifetime, from a new base to be constructed at Port of Tyne.

Picture caption: Pupils from Boldon School are among those in the North East of England who will benefit from this investment from Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

Dogger bank Wind Farm launches Redcar & Cleveland primary careers programme

30th March 2022 in Community News, Press releases, Project news

  • Youngsters in Redcar and Cleveland to benefit from share in £1 million Dogger Bank construction investment package.
  • The money will be focussed on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning, to help young people prepare for working life in a net zero world.
  • Building Our Future primary careers programme supported by Dogger Bank Wind Farm will reach out to all 44 primary schools and approx. 11,000 pupils in Redcar and Cleveland.
  • University students are also already benefiting from STEM scholarships from the wind farm.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is delighted to unveil plans to support 11,000 pupils from 44 primary schools in Redcar & Cleveland during its construction period.

As part of its wider £1 million investment across the north-east of England and Yorkshire announced in Spring 2021, the wind farm is now ready to formally launch its Redcar and Cleveland STEM education programme support.

At a breakfast meeting with local schools today, the wind warm will announce it will be investing in the Building Our Future Primary Careers Programme. Following a successful pilot of the programme in the region, Dogger Bank Wind Farm will invest further to help embed careers education, and particularly STEM careers, into every primary school in Redcar and Cleveland.

Today’s announcement takes the total number of schools benefiting from the Dogger Bank STEM programme to 204. It takes the total number of pupils the wind farm is reaching out to with its investment to 36,000.

The Redcar and Cleveland programme will be delivered by Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency with strategic support and guidance from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. During a three-year period, the programme will broaden the careers awareness of primary school children and help them to understand the world of work by introducing them to a wide range of exciting local occupations.

The programme will provide advice, guidance, and training for teaching staff and help embed careers education into core school delivery. The programme will work closely with local employers so that young people get a unique understanding of the world of work.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, said:

“Our region is the global go-to place for companies looking to push forward net zero innovation, delivering thousands of good, quality well paid jobs for local people. With so many jobs in the cleaner, healthier, and safer industries of the future coming here it’s essential that our young people know there is a bright future ahead of them.

“This investment from Dogger Bank Wind Farm will mean thousands of pupils across all of Redcar and Cleveland’s primary schools will be able to learn about these future opportunities, with a particular focus on STEM careers.

“Creating good quality job opportunities is at the heart of everything we’re doing across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool, from the Freeport to the Airport. It’s essential that we build knowledge of the opportunities on our doorstep, that’s why I extended our Tees Valley Careers programme to include primary schools so that our young people can make clearer choices, achieve their full potential, and stay local but go far.”

Jacob Young, MP for Redcar, said:

“The pupils currently attending in Redcar and Cleveland’s primary schools are part of a generation that will grow up with the benefit of the new and exciting job opportunities that are fast coming to Teesside.

“It’s absolutely right that we do everything we can to encourage and inspire these children to be aware of the opportunities that are going to be available to them as soon as possible, even during their primary school years.

“I wholeheartedly welcome the Building Our Future primary careers programme and I hope it inspires every one of the 11,000 primary pupils in Redcar and Cleveland to become a new generation – inspired, confident and optimistic.”

Rachel Lawrence, Stakeholder Manager from Dogger Bank Wind Farm said:

“We know from talking to educational experts that children start to make important career choices during their primary school years. Embedding career discussions and activities in primaries will not only help young people to understand the breadth of opportunities available to them, but it will also be a fun and interactive way of helping them to make sense of the world around them. Through this investment from Dogger Bank Wind Farm, we hope to help pupils to unlock their potential and put them on a path to a successful, fulfilling and rewarding career.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be located more than 130 km off the northeast coast and will generate enough renewable energy to power six million UK homes. A joint venture between SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni, SSE Renewables is leading on Dogger Bank construction and delivery while Equinor will operate the wind farm on completion.

The wind farm is being built in three consecutive phases, connecting to the National Grid in both East Riding of Yorkshire and on Teesside. The third phase of the wind farm, Dogger Bank C, will reach landfall at Marske-by-the-sea. The underground onshore cables will be routed to an onshore convertor station near Lazenby, where preparation work is already underway. Once the current is converted, the renewable energy will make its way to an existing National Grid substation at Lackenby.

The project unveiled plans for its £1 million investment in communities last June and the team has been working with local educators in Redcar & Cleveland since then to develop a STEM programme that directly addresses the requirements of young people in the region.

Mike Milen, Chief Executive at Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency, said:

“Redcar & Cleveland and the wider Tees Valley region is undergoing huge change with significant inward investment, alongside our partners and with support from Dogger Bank Wind Farm we want to make sure more of our young people have an opportunity to access these new opportunities.”

Amanda Olvanhill, Head of Employability at Redcar and Cleveland Council, said:

“This investment from Dogger Bank Wind Farm will help build on a strong foundation and successful pilot funded through Sirius 106 monies, ensuring that all our primary schools have access to dedicated support and resources to help embed careers and highlight exciting local developments, STEM sectors and job roles.”

In addition to enhancing STEM provision in the classroom, several local students from Redcar and Cleveland will receive a scholarship to help with the cost of further education qualifications while studying STEM subjects.  Six local students have already received a scholarship of £5,000 from the programme and more students will receive support when the fund reopens in May.

The wind farm also has an Operators Fund to support local charities and community groups, with grants up to £500. This fund will help support projects which enhance the quality of life for local residents, contribute to sustainable communities or help promote community spirit. Further information is available at here.

Caption: Amanda Olvanhill, Head of Employability at Redcar and Cleveland Council (pictured left), and Rachel Lawrence, Community Engagement Manager for Dogger Bank Wind Farm (pictured right).

 

Dogger Bank Wind Farm base’s £7.5m boost to north-east of England

9th March 2022 in Community News, Operations, Press releases, Project news, Supply Chain

O&M Base Construction

Construction of the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the Port of Tyne has positively impacted the region’s economy with over £7.5 million re-invested throughout North-East England.

In line with the project objectives, Bowmer + Kirkland, principal contractor for the O&M base construction, are actively engaging local supply chain partners and throughout the duration of the scheme, a key focus has been placed on procuring goods and services locally.

To date, over £4.4million has been spent within the South Tyneside Local Authority area with supply chain partners, including South Tyneside based Castle Building Services Limited and Thompsons of Prudhoe Limited benefitting from the project. Numerous other sub-contractors from across the region including Newcastle based Chemplas Limited and Durham based Wyn Construction Limited have also been engaged on the project’s further £3.1million local spend.

Liz Wilson, B+K Project Manager for the Dogger Bank O&M base construction, said:

“Each project that B+K deliver provides an opportunity for us to significantly benefit the communities in which we operate. As a contractor with offices located in the North-East, we are committed to supporting regional growth by providing opportunities for local supply chain partners to engage with projects such as the Dogger Bank operations and maintenance base.”

The project, which is located at the Port of Tyne, has provided opportunities for a number of local companies including those classified as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), which account for 89% of the supply chain. Packages equating to 95% of the construction cost to date, have been awarded to MSME’s.

Mark Halliday, Dogger Bank Operations Director, said:

“We are extremely proud to be working with so many local businesses for the construction of our operations and maintenance base. We will continue to bring more North-East expertise into the project as we move into the O&M phase in order for the local community to benefit from this world leading project.”

The project commenced in September 2021 and as the project progresses, and further work packages are made available, B+K will continue to engage with supply chain partners who are based in close proximity to the project with the aim of increasing the high level of regional investment already generated by the project.  The project previously announced that the base will be constructed and operated in line with the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is located more than 130km off the North-East coast of England and is being delivered by joint venture partners SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni. SSE Renewables is leading on construction and delivery while Equinor will operate the wind farm on completion. 370 jobs have so far been created associated with the long-term operations of the wind farm from the Port of Tyne. In total, over 3,000 jobs have now been created or supported through the project.

Dogger Bank will be world’s largest offshore wind farm upon completion in 2026. Due to its size and scale, Dogger Bank is being built in three consecutive 1.2GW phases; Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C. In total the wind farm is expected to generate enough renewable electricity to supply 5% of the UK’s demand, equivalent to powering six million homes.

East Riding teenager secures apprenticeship on world’s largest offshore wind farm

7th February 2022 in Community News, Press releases, Project news

  • Fin Needham is one of 6 higher engineering apprentices working for Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK on Dogger Bank Wind Farm sites.
  • This week (7 – 13 February) marks National Apprentice Week, an annual celebration of apprenticeships in England

February 04, 2022: A teenager from Nafferton in East Riding of Yorkshire is helping to build the world’s largest offshore windfarm after securing an apprenticeship with the project’s civil engineering contractor.

Fin Needham (18), lives just a short distance from the sites in East Riding where the onshore work has been taking place, in preparation for the first two phases of the wind farm to connect to the National Grid near Beverley.

The teenager has been working on the Dogger Bank Wind Farm sites with Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK and is now studying towards his Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering at Coleg Cambria, with plans to move on to a degree-level Higher National Diploma in the future.

Fin is delighted to start his career on the world’s largest offshore wind farm and says his family are over the moon to see him on his way to a career in a growing industry.

“Both my parents were really pleased when I found out I had been successful in applying,” said the former Driffield School and Sixth Form student.

“I’d completed my A Levels in maths, physics and geography, and didn’t initially know what I wanted to do next.

“I had been looking at apprenticeships online, as had my mum, and in the end I applied to Jones Bros as we both recognised the company because we often drive past the Dogger Bank site.

“I really enjoyed being able to start close to home, getting involved with the hands-on aspects of engineering, using the GPS surveying equipment and helping out with trenches and the ducts that the high voltage cables will run through.

“Everyone has been incredibly welcoming, particularly two of the other apprentices who are a bit further along the course who I worked alongside so I could get my bearings.”

Fin says the company’s involvement in renewable energy projects was a big incentive in choosing the North Wales-headquartered firm.

He added:

“Low carbon projects like Dogger Bank Wind Farm are only going to get more important in the future, so the skills I’m learning will be relevant for a long time.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is being built in three consecutive 1.2GW phases; Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C. When all three phases are complete in 2026, the wind farm will produce enough renewable energy for 6 million UK homes.

Jones Bros has six higher engineering apprentices and two trainee general construction operatives on site across the three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, with four plant operatives having completed their qualification while working on the project.

Dogger Bank A and B is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%). In November 2021 SSE Renewables and Equinor, 50:50 joint venture partners in Dogger Bank C, announced Eni will take a 20% stake in the final phase, with SSE Renewables and Equinor maintaining 40% stakes each. The deal is expected to complete in Q1 2022, subject to  regulatory approvals.

Garmon Hafal, training manager at Jones Bros, said:

“We’re pleased to see how well Fin has started on the apprenticeship, and everyone out on site was very complimentary of his work.

 “We are always keen to invest in our staff. Our higher apprenticeship offers degree-level qualifications with further opportunities to progress towards a Master’s in engineering and chartered engineer status.

 “Higher apprenticeships are a fantastic way to start in the industry, and I would encourage anyone considering a career in civil engineering to give it some thought.”

Dogger Bank Wind farm Onshore Works Manager, Oliver Flattery, said:

“It’s great to see our supply chain giving opportunities to young people in the communities where we’re building our onshore infrastructure.

 “We hope this is the start of a rewarding and exciting career for Fin. 

“We welcome him to the Dogger Bank team and look forward to working with him as we build the vital infrastructure to support our net zero future.”

First 25 Dogger Bank Wind Farm scholarships awarded to university students

3rd February 2022 in Community News, Press releases, Project news

  • 25 Scholarships awarded to students from the north-east of England and East Riding of Yorkshire to help young people prepare for working life in a Net Zero world.
  • The students are undertaking courses focussed on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
  • The scholarships are part of a wider £1 million investment in local communities during the construction of the wind farm.

February 2022: Twenty five students from coastal communities in the north and north-east of England are being supported to fulfil their potential thanks to a scholarship of £5,000 each from Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

The Scholarship Fund provides grants to local students undertaking science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses in further education. The grants provided this month are the first round of the Scholarship Fund with a total of 62 scholarships being awarded during the construction of the wind farm.

The students are undertaking a wide range of STEM courses from diverse subjects such as flood management and cyber security. The role of the NHS during the pandemic has clearly inspired young people with six scholars undertaking medical related degrees. There is also clearly a focus on the climate emergency with five students undertaking degrees which can help prepare for a Net Zero future.

Ethan Young (21), is from Redcar and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Teesside University. The former Middlesbrough College Apprentice, said:

“Teesside is rich in engineering history, and it is something I have always been interested in. You can change the future by the way you design and develop new technologies. I think the financial support provided by the wind farm is really immense as it allows you to fully focus your time on your studies rather than have the burden of financial worries associated with university.”

Ruby Franklin (19), from Swanland in East Riding of Yorkshire is studying Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Ruby, a former South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College student, said:

“This scholarship has helped me with financial concerns so that I can focus fully on my studies whilst also inspiring me about renewable energy in my local area.”

Joshua Moore (19), from South Shields is studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester. Joshua previously studied at Harton Sixth Form College. He said:

This scholarship has helped me with my studies as it helps give me some peace of mind when it comes to repaying my student loans, allowing me to focus wholly on my studies.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be located more than 130 km off the Yorkshire coast and will generate enough renewable energy to power six million UK homes. A joint venture between SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni, SSE Renewables is leading on Dogger Bank construction and delivery while Equinor will operate the wind farm on completion.

In June Dogger Bank Wind Farm unveiled plans for a £1 million construction fund to support the coastal communities where its onshore infrastructure is being developed. The programme includes a significant investment in science, technology, engineering and maths, as well as an operators fund to support local causes. Further information is available here. 

Lindsay Dougan, Community Investment Manager for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, said:

“The quality of scholarship applications from students were very high and shows the excellent subjects being studied by local people. We are proud to help 25 young people  take steps into further education and to support the workforce of the future as we continue our work to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm.”

Picture caption: Redcar and Cleveland students Lucy Tunn (left), Ethan Young (centre) and Grace Robson (right) have all received scholarships from Dogger Bank Wind Farm.