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Ørsted expands its ENTHUSE Partnerships via the Walney Extension Community Fund

Published: Mar 12, 2020 3 min read

STEM learning

Ørsted is proud to be funding two more partnerships with schools, bringing much needed support to groups of schools around Cumbria and Lancashire, enabling them to improve young people’s outcomes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Known as ENTHUSE Partnerships, the initiative brings schools and colleges together to work collaboratively, to develop an intensive two-year programme to raise aspiration and achievement in STEM.

The East Coast Community Fund, provided by Ørsted, has already been supporting ENTHUSE Partnerships since 2018 and has now been extended to the Walney Extension Community Fund. The partnership will provide the schools with access to continued professional development, leading educational resources, STEM Ambassadors and teacher placements. With links to local businesses and industry, pupils will gain a greater understanding of the STEM industry and its possible career paths.

Yvonne Baker, chief executive of STEM Learning, said:

“These partnerships give employers invaluable opportunities in terms of developing the skills of its current workforce, identifying and nurturing future talent, and working with STEM Learning to set the agenda in terms of STEM education in the UK.”​​

Ørsted and STEM Learning are committed to encouraging more pupils, from all backgrounds, to progress in STEM studies and careers, supporting social mobility and underpinning the UK economy. The participating schools will build strong links within the industry, and teachers will benefit from proven STEM-specific professional development, and pupils will have multiple opportunities to learn where STEM can take them.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are drivers of change in the lives of many young people globally. However, in common with other developed economies, the UK struggles to attract sufficient young people to study STEM subjects, either at university or through apprenticeship routes, and there is a particular problem engaging those from less privileged backgrounds. For businesses, the partnerships help build the STEM skills pool locally and nationally, improve employee motivation and skills through working with young people and develop relationships with future employees. 

Imran Nawaz, stakeholder advisor and community benefit fund manager at Ørsted, said:

“Progress in STEM subjects can be the key to unlock and develop the skills needed to take advantage of the growing career opportunities in industries like offshore wind. It’s our aim to help support and guide the next generation of engineers and scientists through projects like this locally and nationally.”

Follow the updates about ENTHUSE Partnerships happening across the UK on Twitter by using the hashtag #ENTHUSEPartnerships.