Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager, Ørsted

"We are passionate about supporting skills, education and the future of the offshore wind industry in the UK"

Inspiring the next generation

Our support will enable the Teach First to further its work in addressing educational inequalities in Grimsby, Hull and Merseyside. We will support the charity on a number of challenging targets to improve teacher attraction and retention, and pupil progression in the Humber and Merseyside regions. Teach First will aim to place more teachers in these areas with a specific focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related subjects.

About Teach First
Teach First is an education charity that believes disadvantage should not determine destiny. They are dedicated to working across society to change educational outcomes for children from low-income backgrounds in England and Wales.

Back to school for Ørsted's Managing Director

As part of our partnership with TeachFirst, our very own Managing Director, Matthew Wright, visited Year 10 students at the John Whitgift Academy in Grimsby. He spoke about his career path from school to working at a leading energy company, as well as teaching them about offshore wind energy.

Students become big fans of wind energy

Ørsted’s Race Bank team welcomed to site a group of year 9 and year 10 pupils from the John Whitgift Academy in Grimsby. The pupils spent a day getting to grips with the transferable skills you need in the workplace, learning about offshore wind and hearing from different team members about the route they took to working in the industry. After the visit, the Race Bank team offered two pupils from the group a two-week summer placement to gain invaluable experience of the workplace.

"Most surprising was how much work goes into building the wind farms – all the commissioning and planning. The work experience made me think differently about my future because I thought more about going into an engineering route or a computing route than I did before. Having that work experience will help me because I’ll have more confidence in the workplace."

-Oliver,Year 10

Promoting innovation & research

When it comes to the future of energy, we look for innovation, research and new technology to address the issues that arise from climate change. For the past 7 years, we have collaborated with Masters and PhD students enrolled in the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) at Durham University on projects and research that have positively impacted the renewable energy industry.

About DEI
Durham Energy Institute (DEI) forms part of Durham University, supporting and producing cutting-edge energy research which draws on the expertise of world-leading researchers across departments in Science, Social Science and Humanities.  DEI aims to produce major breakthroughs in our understanding of how to best meet the energy demands of the future.

Promoting innovation and research towards creating a greener future

We have funded the Chair in Renewable Energy position at DEI and endowed three MSc scholoarships for Durham University students each year since 2011. We will now also support two PhDs which will focus on the operation of wind turbines and helping to predict technical faults before they happen.  This research could prove vital in improving the availability of offshore wind turbines, ultimately helping to further drive down the cost of energy.

"We're passionate about supporting skills, education and the future of the offshore wind industry in the UK, and this important research into the operation of wind turbines could prove hugely significant in the future."

- Benj Sykes, Ørsted UK Country Manager