Champions for Wind

The growing offshore wind industry will offer a whole range of job opportunities to people looking for a career in renewables.

To raise awareness amongst 12 to 14 year olds of the potential career opportunities in offshore wind energy and give an understanding of the qualifications and experience required to gain employment in the industry Forewind, in partnership with the the Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA), developed an innovative careers education engagement programme called Champions for Wind.

The programme initially identified and worked with a network of approximately 10 secondary and special school teacher “champions” in the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire area, near to Forewind’s first development, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck. The success of this initiative led to the extension of the programme, with 10 teachers in the Teesside area, near to the location for the proposed infrastructure for the Dogger Bank Teesside projects, appointed in mid 2012. A third cohort of teachers, from across both geographic areas, was welcomed onboard as "champions" in mid 2013 and presented their progress at a workshop in June 2014.

Each teacher “champion”, working with careers advisors and wind industry representatives, designed and developed a curriculum-based resource relevant to their local area, and appropriate to their school, on opportunities offered by the offshore wind industry. The teachers delivered their resources within their own school in the first year, then disseminated them to neighbouring schools over the following school year. The resources can be used year on year by the champions and other teachers.

By facilitating careers education for young people in the area around the Dogger Bank projects' onshore infrastructure, Forewind aimed to meet the needs of the local community while also supporting the wind industry by boosting the number of motivated young people entering into it.

The objectives of the programme included: gender balance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects as well as careers; roundedness of the industry; pride, a sense of ownership and skills development in the local area; innovation; providing a vision for the future; building on any existing programmes fostering teacher development, and having a robust evaluation methodology.

More information can be found on the HETA website.

Participating Schools

1. Oases North East

2. Dykehouse School

3. Hartlepool Pupil Referral Unit

4. Redcar and Cleveland College

5. St Anne's Primary

6. Lockwoord Primary

7. St Peters School

8. Kirkleatham Hall School

9. Ryehills School

10. Bydales School

11. Castleton Primary

12. Glaisdale Primary

13. St Hedd's Primary

14. Caedmon School

15. Eskdale School

16. Scalby School

17. Grantham School

18. Headlands School

19. Driffield School

20. Ashwell Acaademy


21. Cottingham High School

22. Malet Lambert

23. Kelvin Hall School

24. Boulevard Academy

25. Hessle Foundation

26. Act the Facts (educational script writers)

27. The Snaith School

28. Withernsea High

29. Laurence Jackson School.