Last week our students received an official introduction to the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas Wind Farm projects by Sue Falch-Lovesey, Local Liaison Officer for Vattenfall, the company behind the projects. With their aim of completion within the next five years the projects have both short-term and long-term impacts on our students and Vattenfall are keen to hear their input. Sue came into assemblies to explain the benefits of the wind farms and what is involved with setting up the turbines, the laying of the cables and the building of the substation. She also outlined the implications these would have on our students – in the short term their homes could be affected by the planned cable route and in the long term the project would be providing a number of employment opportunities. Furthermore, Vattenfall offer an International Trainee Programme giving broad experience within all the countries that they operate, plus internships, thesis projects and apprenticeship opportunities. Should the project go through our students are the very generation who stand to benefit enormously from it in terms of opportunities.
Sue ended her presentation by giving our students the chance to try on a virtual reality (VR) headset to see what it would be like working out on one of the offshore windfarms.