Opportunity for Thurrock students interested in career in energy

THURROCK school students interested in careers in energy are being offered the chance to take part in a scheme to raise awareness of the range of jobs available in the industry.

National education charity Future First is partnering with Greenergy, the UK’s leading road fuel supplier, to inform state school students about the skills necessary to succeed in the energy and fuel industry.

Under the scheme, Year 12 students studying maths and sciences in state schools in Essex will tour Thames Oilport, the fuel import and storage terminal at Corringham.

Whilst at Thames Oilport, students will have the opportunity to talk to employees and apprentices about their career pathways and learn about the study routes they should follow to pursue specific jobs.

The project forms part of Greenergy’s commitment to support young people in local communities.

Greenergy is one of several leading employers working with Future First to connect their employees with young people in schools and colleges. The link between schools and employers enables students to broaden their horizons and boost their confidence, motivation and knowledge about career pathways.

Future First’s partnership with Greenergy will allow more students to access the experience and advice of the people who work there and understand the skills needed in a range of jobs. Future First believes everyone should be able to succeed in a career of their choice, regardless of their background, and the opportunities and insights gained through this partnership will help more young people make better choices.

Future First research shows almost five in ten young people in receipt of Free School Meals don’t know anyone in a job they would like to do and that three quarters of them don’t believe that people like them are successful.

Chris Brookhouse, Thames Oilport Chief Executive, said, “We rely on a breadth of skills and experience from engineers, IT professionals and logistics personnel to fuel tanker drivers and marine operators. By allowing students to come behind the scenes at Thames Oilport, we hope to demonstrate the range of opportunities available in the industry.”

Christine Gilbert, Executive Chair of Future First and a former Ofsted Chief Inspector, said, “Future First’s new partnership with Greenergy will provide inspiring opportunities for more young people to develop their employability skills and gain a greater understanding of the world of work. Students will see what a modern workplace looks like in action and will be able talk to professionals working at Greenergy. They will be able to connect personally with people whose stories and experiences bring the industry alive. Hearing from employees in interesting jobs helps students make better informed decisions about what they need for their working life as well as develop the skills employers are looking for today.”

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Schools interested in taking part in the scheme should contact Emma Fay, Head of Innovation and Development at Future First, on 0207 239 8933, emma.fay@futurefirst.org.uk . Further information about Future First can be found on www.futurefirst.org.uk

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