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Energy industry career beckons students

PUBLISHED: 05:30 18 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:36 06 July 2010

A select band of school leavers are to be given an exciting opportunity to forge a career in the energy industry through a pioneering new scheme being launched at Lowestoft

College.

A select band of school leavers are to be given an exciting opportunity to forge a career in the energy industry through a pioneering new scheme being launched at Lowestoft

College.

Fifteen youngsters from the Lowestoft and Yarmouth areas are being sought to take part in the course, which will almost certainly lead to an apprenticeship with a leading energy company.

They will spend the first year working with the college and nearby energy companies to develop background knowledge and gain a preliminary qualification before deciding which sector they are best suited to - offshore oil and

gas, nuclear, renewables or distribution.

Ron Stainsby, assistant principal for business innovation at Lowestoft College, said: “It's a pilot scheme to attract capable and enthusiastic new boys and girls into the industry.

“This is a chance for 16-year-olds to join us, see for themselves how the industry operates, tackle relevant projects and ultimately decide which aspect of the industry appeals most to them.”

Companies such as Perenco, AMEC, ODE and 3sun are involved in the initiative, and talks are under way to ensure the youngsters receive weekly payments to help them though the first year.

Interviews will start at the end of the month for the course starting in September. If the scheme

proves successful it could be adopted by the energy sector across the country.

Mr Stainsby added: “This is not work experience; it is the real thing. If all goes to plan, they can be qualified and earning a good wage in a secure industry by the time they are 20. It's a great opportunity.

“We'll be looking for school leavers from the Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth area, who will have at least four GCSEs, but even more importantly a genuine desire to get into and industry which offers a wide range of skills and many opportunities for overseas travel and work.

“Those who complete the first

year, work hard and enjoy

the challenge are practically guaranteed an apprenticeship

with one of the major energy companies.”

For more details, contact Paula Webster on 01502 525030.

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