We’re proud to support the Coast Explorer internship programme, providing young people with valuable work experience to pursue careers in the marine environment, and so helping develop the sector’s diverse workforce of the future.
The internship programme has been developed by the P1 Marine Foundation, The Crown Estate, one of our marine customers, Swedish energy firm Vattenfall, and local authority partner Canterbury City Council.
Together, we provide young people interested in a career in the marine environment with a unique opportunity to gain insights and experience across a range of areas, including marine ecology, renewable energy and community engagement. This is helping nurture the diverse, skilled workforce our marine tenants need for the sustainable future of the sector.
During the four-month programme, our first interns gained specialist marine and coastal skills and training through:
- Work experience with The Crown Estate, Vattenfall and Canterbury City Council, including access to Geographical Information Services (GIS) and insights into marine policy and legislation.
- Field work, including marine vessel experience, beach monitoring and shore based shellfish sampling.
- Community engagement, including supporting the inauguration of Vattenfall’s Kentish Flats windfarm extension, as well as taking part in other public events, meetings and surveys.
- Leading sessions on climate change with schoolchildren through the Coast Explorer education programme.
- Completing research projects exploring specific risks and opportunities relating to the marine environment, presenting these to the business.
Olivia Thomas, Senior Marine Policy Manager at The Crown Estate, says: “As active manager of the UK seabed, we’re delighted to support the Coast Explorer internship programme, helping develop the skilled, diverse workforce our marine tenants need for a sustainable future.”
The Coast Explorer internship programme, launched in 2016, builds on our support for the Coast Explorer outdoor education programme that continues to run in parallel. From 2013 to 2016, this has helped over 2,000 children improve their understanding of the importance of the marine and coastal environment and renewable energy. This gives them insights into how our coastline and seabed can be used, protected and conserved for the future.
We look forward to welcoming our next cohort of Coast Explorer interns in 2017.