Education and outreach is an integral to all we do. We are developing education and outreach programmes that are based on floating offshore wind, encouraging the development of self-discovery, boosting physical wellbeing and inspiring the younger generation to consider energy projects and new technology in a first-hand way. This includes visits and experiences for young people to consider the development within the context of their local environment and develop their understanding of global climate change and renewable energy.
Our programmes aim to:
- Raise awareness of the opportunities for floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea.
- Inspire STEM subjects as a career of choice for children, young people, new entrants and career changers – particularly with underrepresented groups and protected characteristics.
- Promote the work of Floventis Energy as a trusted partner, and community co-producer, working in partnership to maximise the benefits of the green economy across the region and nation.
We’re working in partnership with local authorities and Welsh and UK governments in order to support the curriculum and add value to existing work. All plans are in line with the objectives of the Swansea Bay City Region development plan, Regional Skills Partnership and Wales Enterprise Zones.
Floventis Energy is working with the Darwin Centre with a bespoke offshore wind design challenge for local primary schoolchildren. The workshops consist of an overview of climate change, fossil fuels and the benefits of renewable energy with a focus on mitigating climate change and future job opportunities. Schools have the option to choose between two different workshops – one that focuses on platform design and construction and the other focussing on climate change and wind turbine design. Educational resources are provided to the participating schools.
The offshore wind design challenge followed our ‘Love the Celtic Sea’ competition, which was open to all Pembrokeshire children in years 3 to 6 and kickstarted our partnership with the Darwin Centre. The aim of the competition was for children to provide artwork which demonstrated why they love the Celtic Sea and what it means to their generation. Competition winners were invited to meet their local MP with an exciting tour of the Houses of Parliament, and all entries were displayed in the Senedd at an event with the local MS and the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language.
Skills and Training
As the offshore wind industry develops it will create long-term sustainable job opportunities.
We’re working with our technology partners, supply chain, Welsh Government, ORE Catapult, Swansea Bay City Deal and the Regional Learning Partnerships in Wales to make sure that we understand our future labour requirements.
Collaborations with Government and education and training providers to support the introduction of new jobs in the offshore wind industry will be prioritised as our future plans progress. This will include upskilling of existing employees and ensuring a long-term pathway through education and academia.
We’ll publish more information shortly.