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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 brings skills to the forefront of conversations with the supply chain

19th May 2022 in Events, Press releases, Supply Chain

  • Event Date: 19th May 2022
  • Location: Virtual

Dogger Bank Wind Farm today hosts a supply chain event, focused around skills in offshore wind, a first for developer led supply chain events. Growth in the sector continues to accelerate and skills is high on the agenda for industry locally and nationally. The event will explore the skills challenge and how Dogger Bank Wind Farm is working to address this through industry and community engagement.

200 attendees have registered ahead of the event, highlighting the importance of skills to the supply chain in North East England, one of the largest and most established offshore wind clusters in the UK.

The event brings together regional and national industry experts as well as employees from the wind farm to discuss how developers can make a wider impact than job creation, by supporting activities in the areas impacted by their operations and beyond.

Tom Nightingale, North East Stakeholder Manager said “Developing the talent of tomorrow is at the heart of our community investment for Dogger Bank and we are working with local authorities, skills providers and community groups across the North and North East of England to support this. As part of our supply chain initiatives in 2022, we are determined to raise skills to the top of the agenda through this event and look forward to sharing the knowledge and experience of our panel. We hope to educate and inspire the supply chain to support skills initiatives as well as learning from their own experiences”.

Recruitment for the operations team continues to ramp up with leadership positions now filled in key areas as well as recently the first 10 Wind Turbine Technicians. New recruits have joined from within offshore wind as well as transferring from other sectors such as oil & gas and automotive, with a focus on recruiting a local and diverse team. Looking ahead, working with local industry groups and education institutions is essential to building a future skills pipeline. The skills event includes insights from Energi Coast skills group, the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), Dogger Bank Community Fund and the Dogger Bank operations team.

Celia Anderson, Offshore Wind Sector Deal – Director of People & Skills said “The offshore wind industry is experiencing huge growth and projects such as Dogger Bank Wind Farm play a key role in preparing the next generation for future roles with operational experience. At the same time there are many opportunities to attract talent from other sectors and I am delighted to support this event and share how the UK’s offshore wind sector can successfully grow around regional clusters, whilst building a more diverse pipeline and workforce.”  

Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be located more than 130 km off the North East 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.

Dogger Bank BINGO

19th October 2021 in Events, Project news

  • Event Date: 2nd November 2021
  • Location: Livestreamed from Energy UK's Youtube channel

As part of Renewable UK and Energy UK’s Energy Transition Hub at COP26, Dogger Bank Wind Farm is holding a virtual game of BINGO to share updates on the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.

The session will be held on 2 November from 12:30 – 13:30 and be accessible via a live link to the Energy Transition Hub, where anyone can join and see the game taking place.

Dogger Bank is currently in construction and when complete will be able to provide 6 million UK homes with homegrown renewable electricity.

The first 100 people to sign up will receive a unique BINGO card and be able to play for the chance to win a model GE Haliade-X turbine, the pioneering turbine that will power all three phases of the project.

Two rising stars from the project – Lila Vazquez Villamor, Electrical Engineer at SSE Renewables and Sam Drury, Renewables Graduate at Equinor – will host the game, asking Project Director, Steve Wilson, and Operations Leader, Felicity Wann to expand on the topics as they are pulled out.

Register here and you will receive an email containing further information closer to the event.

Good luck!

Dogger Bank Wind Farm hosts ‘Meet the Buyer’ events

27th August 2020 in Events, Press releases, Supply Chain

  • Event Date: 15th September 2020 - 24th September 2020
  • Location: Online webinars

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is holding a series of ‘Meet the Buyer’ supply chain webinars next month enabling UK businesses to gear-up and bid for contracts to help build the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.

Early registration advised for online webinars connecting UK suppliers with Tier 1 contractors.

Please access the full press release here