Ørsted Launch Round 3 of the “Skills Fund” for Coastal Areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk

Ørsted Launch Round 3 of the “Skills Fund” for Coastal Areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk

The third annual round of Ørsted’s East Coast Skills Fund is now open to applications. £55,000 will be available again through an open application process to experienced organisations that can develop and deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related training or education courses, a one-off event, or a programme of targeted events.

The full £55,000 may be awarded to one organisation or split between a number of groups that apply. The minimum grant organisations can apply for is £10,000, and the closing date for applications is 4 September 2019.

A further £20,000 will again be targeted at colleges within the Fund’s coastal area of benefit and will be used to help finance local students who are unable to access traditional funding streams for support.

Imran Nawaz, Stakeholder Advisor at Ørsted UK, said: “The East Coast Skills Fund has already helped support some excellent projects across the region aimed at improving local skills and employment opportunities. We are firmly committed to our vision to create a world that runs entirely on green energy and supporting the uptake of STEM skills is a big part of achieving that goal.”

The Skills Fund forms part of the company’s £465,000 East Coast Community Fund 20-year annual commitment 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.

Both wind farms combined will be capable of providing enough energy for over one and a half million homes.

Round 2 of the Fund resulted in financial support to four projects. The Teacher Scientist Network was awarded £22,985 to provide 12 schools, in the funding area, free access to all the necessary components to run a four week, after-school STEM club, focused on the assembly of a working wind turbine. £20,000 went to STEM Learning to fund an ENTHUSE Partnership in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Franklin College were awarded £12,015 to support students, in their STEM academy, to undertake paid internships, enabling them to gain vital work experience, and £10,000 was awarded to support West Norfolk Academies Trust schools in King’s Lynn, Hunstanton and West Walton, through the West Norfolk STEM Catalyst project.

Details of the successful recipients from Round 1 can been viewed here

To find out more about the East Coast Skills Fund, please click here