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Energy firms flock to school skills conference

Published on 24/01/17

Lowestoft students will meet potential employers in the offshore renewable energy sector at a skills conference to be hosted by East Point Academy.

Over 400 Year 9, 10, and 11 pupils are expected to attend the event, with students invited from all Lowestoft’s high schools as well as Great Yarmouth High School and the Inspiration Trust’s other secondary schools in Great Yarmouth and Norwich.

They will get information and advice about careers in the industry from the region’s leading firms including ScottishPower Renewables, Siemens Wind Power, and the East of England Energy Group’s Skills For Energy programme.

The conference, which takes place on Thursday, March 30, is organised by Nwes World Of Work, an initiative that aims to build connections between schools and local businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk.

It’s supported by OrbisEnergy and Suffolk County Council through the Lowestoft Rising programme, which aims to make Lowestoft a better place in which to grow up, work, live, visit, and invest.

Luke Uttley, enterprise co-ordinator at Lowestoft Rising, described the conference as “a great example of Lowestoft schools working together to raise awareness of STEM careers in engaging and interactive ways”.

East Point Academy vice principal Damian Weare added: “At East Point we are passionate about developing the skills in maths, science, engineering, and technology that our region’s employers need.

“This conference is a fantastic opportunity for students to find out first-hand about jobs in the offshore renewable energy sector, which is a vital part of the local economy and offers a huge range of interesting and fulfilling career options.”