Ørsted announce winners for the first round of a new “Skills Fund” for coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk

Ørsted announce winners for the first round of a new “Skills Fund” for coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk

Ørsted, the renewable energy company formerly known as DONG Energy, is delighted to announce that decisions have now been reached on the first round of their new £75,000 Skills Fund.

Two deserving organisations share £55,000 for projects that will deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related educational activities. The first award goes to the Grimsby Institute who will receive £41,675 to build on existing investment and expertise and create an annual programme of events designed to excite, inform and spark curiosity to over 2000 students in junior, secondary, higher education across the coastal zones of North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and East Lincolnshire.

The second award of £13,325 goes to Alderman Peel High School in Norfolk who will develop a sustainable STEM development and outreach project over a two-year period where STEM teachers will work with employers to embed real life project activities into the National Curriculum. It will involve Year 7 and Year 8 students, local employers, teachers and relevant external mentors.

A further £20,000 has been targeted to four colleges within the Fund’s coastal area of benefit to be used to help finance local students who are unable to access traditional funding streams for support. The colleges to benefit with grants of £5,000 each are East Riding College, Boston College, the College of West Anglia, and the Grimsby Institute who were absolutely thrilled to receive their second individual grant!

This funding forms part of the company’s £465,000 East Coast Community Fund 20-year annual commitment announced earlier this year, and is part of the community engagement programme for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms, which are located off the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coast.

As well as contributing £75,000 a year to the East Coast Skills Fund, Ørsted has also partnered with Teach First to transform the skills landscape in the North. As part of this Ørsted support Teach First on a number of challenging targets to improve the teacher attraction and retention, and pupil progression in Grimsby, Hull and Merseyside.

Matthew Wright, Managing Director Ørsted UK, said “We were really pleased to see such a positive reaction to this first round of the STEM Skills Fund which clearly demonstrates the importance and demand for funding of this type within the region. Encouraging and enabling young people to develop STEM skills at an early age is of great importance to us, and this is just one of the ways we are doing that. I am delighted to also announce that we will be repeating the application process again next year, and look forward to supporting more STEM activities within the region.”

For further information about the Fund and when and how to apply, please click here