Welsh secondary school students are being offered a fantastic opportunity to learn how the renewable energy sector, in particular the floating offshore wind boom in Wales, could provide exciting, sustainable and rewarding careers.
At RenewableUK Cymru’s upcoming Future Energy Wales conference, the developers behind floating offshore wind (FLOW) projects, Erebus and Gwynt Glas, have organised for students from Newport to participate in an interactive hands-on renewable energy workshop and meet the professionals driving progress in this growth industry.
The FLOW project developers are working with Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum’s education team and Careers Wales to give 150 pupils from secondary schools across Newport an exciting opportunity to visit Wales’ largest renewable energy conference on Tuesday 7th November. The workshop will cover renewable energy concepts giving learners the chance to use a generator bike, build a model wind turbine, and investigate the different platform structures for offshore turbines. They will then be challenged to find answers to their quiz questions from the organisations exhibiting.
Mark Hazelton, Gwynt Glas Project Director said:
“We are delighted to be sponsoring this opportunity for Welsh students in this region and share with them the extensive career opportunities our sector has to offer. This conference, and our Destination Renewables programme, is part of Gwynt Glas’ continued commitment to the development of a regional future green workforce”.
David Jones, Stakeholder Manager for Blue Gem Wind commented:
“Inspiring young people across Wales to consider a career in offshore wind is critical if we are to maximise the significant opportunities that floating wind in the Celtic Sea will bring. Offshore wind is new to this part of Wales so having 150 young people attend the conference, take part in the activities and meet people already working in this exciting industry is something we are really pleased to be part of.”
Full programme, exhibition and ticket details for Future Energy Wales are available here.
- Future Energy Wales takes place on 6-7 Nov at ICC Wales in Newport. Over 500 delegates will be attendings, along with 35 exhibitors and 80 conference speakers. Highlights include the Welsh Government’s Minister for Climate Change, Julie James MS, Gus Jaspert, Managing Director Marine at The Crown Estate, Nick Winser, the Electricity Networks Commissioner appointed to speed up the process of upgrading our National Grid, Tim Pick, former Offshore Wind Champion, Carwyn Jones, former First Minister for Wales and Chair of Green Economy Wales, a Youth Parliament mini-hustings session and RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Dan McGrail
RenewableUK Cymru will be launching two Welsh reports to coincide with the event:
- Future Energy Wales: The critical role of Welsh wind power focusing on the Welsh Government’s target for 100% of electricity demand to be met by renewable energy by 2035. The report provides up-to-date evidence of how much wind power in Wales is currently being produced, how much is in the planning pipeline, and how Wales is performing compared to the rest of the UK.
- Onshore wind in Wales: How our sector works with communities demonstrating the significant benefits that onshore projects can bring to Wales. Drawing on data and case studies from our members, we provide an estimate of the financial figure communities across Wales are already receiving through community benefit funds, and summarise the wider benefits the sector delivers.
For all media enquiries and interview requests, please contact:
Abi Beck, Communications Manager, RenewableUK Cymru: [email protected] 07947 765 978