Sheringham Shoal community fund helps young women into engineering careers

Back Left to right : Liz Davis-Smith (OPITO), Robyn Edge, Rew Wilkerson, Laura Askew, Beth Flaxman,

Back Left to right : Liz Davis-Smith (OPITO), Robyn Edge, Rew Wilkerson, Laura Askew, Beth Flaxman, Abi Wright, Natasha Drury (Sheringham High School).Front row Left to Right : Katie Long, Maisie Nurse, Holly Rumsby, Georgia Potter, Caitlin Wood, Caitlin Stursberg, Anna Brady (Sheringham High School) - Credit: Archant

Students from across north Norfolk have been given an opportunity to shine in a new initiative planned for the autumn.

Young women from five schools in north Norfolk will get the chance to work alongside local employers from the engineering and energy sectors to host a series of events across the region promoting careers in these industries.

The initiative is being funded by the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund as part of its continued support for the local community, and will provide the students working on the project with an opportunity to learn about the engineering and energy industries at first hand, as well as develop event management skills.

Bjørn Mo Ostgren, the general manager of the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm said: 'These types of projects make an important contribution to local students and to the wider north Norfolk community.'

Sheringham High School, Cromer Academy, North Walsham High School, Fakenham Academy and Alderman Peel High School have all signed up to the project, which will start in September.

The project is being facilitated by Inspired Youth Projects, a north Norfolk-based educational social enterprise.

Delivery director Natalie Davies said: 'In 2014 we launched a series of projects to promote careers in different sectors, as well as ones focused on inspiring young women into certain industries.

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'In developing this project we hope to achieve both, by working with small groups of young women, as well as promoting careers in two key sectors for the region.'

The initiative was launched as part of National Women in Engineering Day.

? Inspired Youth was founded as a project in 2010 with the sole purpose of linking local businesses with local young people. It continues to grow into a supporting network of local business owners and managers working together to mentor and provide support to young people.

It has been entirely funded by the organisations involved which are committed to developing young people in the region and providing opportunity where they can.

In 2013 the project was formalised into a social enterprise. Activities are run across Norfolk and Suffolk involving thousands of students from junior school through to graduate level. Organisations involve range from micro and start-up businesses through to major national companies with a local presence. Since the project was founded it has worked with nearly 10,000 young people across the region.

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