Sixth former takes on internship at wind farm

The East Norfolk Sixth Form College student is combining STEM subjects with communications and plans to take Geophysics at university

Evie Read, a 17 year old student from East Norfolk Sixth Form College, has joined a major offshore wind farm project, as part of an exciting summer internship. 

Evie is supporting the Galloper offshore wind farm project, as she takes part in what is the second year of the East Coast Energy Internship Scheme. During the four-week internship, Evie will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s (STEM) related subjects, but with a focus on communications. As a result, the Galloper team and local east coast media firm TMS Media have partnered up, with Evie being based from TMS Media’s Great Yarmouth office. 

Evie clearly has a natural aptitude toward energy related subjects – Toby Edmonds, Galloper Wind Farm Project Director

Toby Edmonds, Galloper Wind Farm Project Director said: “Having taken part in the East Coast Energy Internship scheme last year, we were very keen to support it again this year. However, given the fact that we’re in the middle of construction, our bases are at maximum capacity, so we were delighted TMS Media stepped in to host Evie from their Great Yarmouth office, where she continues to support the Galloper project on a range of communication topics. So far, she’s done a super job of supporting us and clearly has a natural aptitude toward energy related subjects.” 

Evie Read at the Great Yarmouth turbine assembly base

Evie is working on a number of tasks, including supporting the Galloper project’s social media channels via Instagram and her own blog and developing education materials for primary and secondary age pupils. The project team and TMS Media have also collaborated on a number of site visits for Evie – including one to the Galloper Offshore Construction base in Lowestoft and another to the Siemen’s turbine assembly base in Great Yarmouth.  

The East Coast Energy Internship was established in 2016 by The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Ogden Trust and Suffolk County Council in association with Waveney District Council. Since then, the scheme has grown to encompass other regions including Norfolk. Plugging the gap between work experience and apprenticeships, the internship scheme is fully funded by the Ogden Trust and provides the students with a real and meaningful placement that utilises and enhances their STEM skills in a business environment.

Evie and Andy Mee, Galloper site manager

Evie, who is from the Great Yarmouth area and is hoping to secure a place at the University of East Anglia to study Geophysics, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for me to gain some experience in the industry, and to understand all of the hard work and effort that goes into building an offshore windfarm. I’ve met some amazing people from all different areas of the project, from PR to site managers, who have inspired me to take up a career in this ever-growing industry.”

In 2016, students Felicity Levett and Joel Pointon, from Lowestoft Sixth Form College, joined the internship scheme and were based from Galloper’s Offshore Construction Coordination Base for a four-week period over the summer.

The construction of the 336MW Galloper project, which is expected to be complete by Spring 2018, is being led on behalf of the project partners by innogy SE.  Once operational the project will generate enough power for up 336,000 homes. 


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