Vattenfall in Norfolk

Our work with communities

Community involvement is important at all stages of our projects. During the development phase it is a chance for communities to get involved with the design of the project, to understand the proposed infrastructure and to influence it before a final proposal is put forward.

During construction we often offer communities the chance to get involved by visiting the site, getting involved with bespoke projects, or even working on the main project if they have the appropriate skills and experience.

Once in operation, our work continues through community funding, longer term initiatives, school visits, education programmes and supporting community initiatives. 

Local students working to make a difference

Vattenfall’s young ‘consultants’ - A level students at the University Technical College Norfolk (UTCN) - will deliver the company’s first international skills ‘export’ sessions to 50 students at two specialist technical colleges offering detailed insights into the roles and skills it takes to build a wind farm. 

Working to make a difference - the students share their experiences

"Young people need to know about the huge range of careers and opportunities offshore wind offers", these young Vattenfall ambassadors believe. They are committed to spreading awareness in their college, in Norfolk and now also internationally.


Jovita, studying for a triple engineering qualification, is aiming for a degree apprenticeship in offshore wind and a career working on turbines, after her electrician mother showed her gender was irrelevant in engineering careers.    “Before I worked with Vattenfall, I wasn’t sure what sector I was most interested in, but now I feel so strongly about renewable energy and I would love a career working offshore to construct and improve turbines.” 


Joanna, studying further maths, computer science and physics after achieving A level maths last year, said: “Vattenfall has nurtured, inspired and encouraged us and believed in us to aspire to make a difference to the future.     “I have learned about presentation and communication, teamwork, networking with people of all ages and working with employers, travel, filming”.    “I believed engineering would be a compromise because I had always wanted to do maths. It wasn’t until I interacted with Vattenfall that I knew what engineering really involves, which is applied maths. Vattenfall has shown me that engineering isn’t a dirty trade. Energy engineering is so broad and is so far from milling metal and other traditional views of engineering. There are so many levels of engineering.”    Joanna intends to apply to Cambridge University and Imperial College to study engineering, and also apply for a degree apprenticeship. 


 Maisie said working with Vattenfall for the last two years had been “life-changing.”    “We have been given the freedom to add to the programme and deliver it how we think best because we are the age of the people who will be looking at it.  Joanna and I taught the software to Sarah and Jovita and we are all now passing it on to students in the Netherlands and younger students at UTCN, who will then also go on to deliver it and continue to inspire others into careers in offshore wind.  I might have learned more from teaching the programme than doing it.” 


Sarah, also hoping for a degree apprenticeship in product design, said Vattenfall had nudged her out of her comfort zone.    “I am doing things I have never done before, like a presentation in front of lots of people, in a foreign country and staying in a hotel.  We have learned teamwork and life skills, learned from each other and will learn from the Netherlands students.”  

 UTCN headteacher Alex Hayes

 UTCN headteacher Alex Hayes said Vattenfall had offered students the college’s first employer and student international experience.    “The project they have undertaken is really hard, it isn’t part of the curriculum and they are putting such a lot of energy and effort into it through the support and inspiration of Vattenfall. Their focus and motivation is matched by their professionalism. We hope they will inspire the next generation of students and pass the baton on.” 

International Women's Day 2019

On Friday 8th March, we celebrated International Women's Day at a special Norfolk Chamber of Commerce breakfast followed by a Vattenfall-led workshop with female students from Lynn Grove Academy, Nicholas Hammond Academy and University Technical College Norfolk.

Norwich Science Festival

In October 2018, we attended the Norwich Science Festival with support from Rebecca and Tommy, two of the internship students hosted by Vattenfall in the summer. They both have great enthusiasm for wind energy and the role of renewables in tackling challenges presented by climate change.

EEEGR's Offshore Wind Week

Norfolk students and Vattenfall interns Rebecca Humphrey and Tommy Mullins delivered presentation their internships before a wind industry audience at EEEGR's Offshore Wind Week event in November 2018.

Young girl leaned over a fence, looking at the camera smiling.

Supply Chain Workshop - December 2018

On 5th December 2018 we were delighted to host local agencies, Tier 1 companies and SMEs for a supply chain workshop at The Nest venue in Horsford. Around 50 participants came together to hear from Vattenfall about onshore works  required to deliver the proposed Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm projects, and to explore their role in delivering these next-generation, clean energy projects.  Presentations were also delivered by Tier 1 companies, by Norfolk County Council, The Chamber of Commerce, New Anglia LEP and EEGR.

Colby School Green Energy Outreach Programme

In 2018 Vattenfall became sponsors of Colby School's Energy Outreach Programme, an educational initiative for primary age children to explore renewables through hands-on activities, and forming part of the school's award-winning Eco Hub project. With funding for equipment and support from Vattenfall, Colby School pupils developed a workshop which they later went on to deliver to other schools in the surrounding area.

Vattenfall supports Happisburgh Time and Tide Bell project

The passion of residents and visitors for the beach and coastline has been notable from our earliest visits to Happisburgh in 2016 to consult on our plans for the  Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas Offshore Wind Farm projects. This passion, for some, is all the more poignant because of the sea’s erosive action on the cliffs, particularly during storms.

When our Norfolk project team met Happisburgh Time & Tide Bell Group, they told us of their plans to use an art installation to draw further contemplation of the coastline’s perpetual embattlement with the sea over the area’s long history of human habitation. 

The Time and Tide Bell sound sculpture is a unique concept and once installed on the beach in the ‘surf line’, waves will stimulate the hanging clapper and produce a gentle musical ringing sound from the bell, twice in every 24 hour period during high tide. 

Consultation Report

The latest Hearing Your Views IV, being carried out for Norfolk Boreas Wind Farm in November and December 2018 is published. The report provides the high-level statistics from the consultation, the feedback received and a summary of the key issues raised.



Skills for Energy 2018

Local Liaison Officer for the Norfolk projects, Sue Falch-Lovesey, recently attended EEEGR's popular Skills for Energy event at the Great Yarmouth Campus of East Coast College.

Attended by over 400 students from 12 schools and colleges across Norfolk, the event aims to feed the increasing appetite among young people to explore and access the full range of training and career opportunities in the energy industry. 

Gemma Head, manager of the Skills for Energy Programme at EEEGR, said: “What this event demonstrates is the strong partnership between industry and education, sending a united message about opportunities and how young people can access them. Bringing young people to talk to employers face-to-face is the best way for information to be conveyed to them and for relationships to be built. The interest of the students has been phenomenal. You can see their eyes light up when they hear about the diverse range of careers offered by the industry.”

East Coast Internship with The Ogden Trust

With the East Coast Internship programme now in its third year, Vattenfall were delighted to work with The Ogden Trust in summer of 2018 to support placements for four students in the break between Year 12 and Year 13.  A collaborative approach to hosting with Nexus in Great Yarmouth gave students an introduction to the wind energy industry and also insight into engineering related disciplines.

Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards

We were proud to be involved with Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards for the second year running, this time sponsoring the Eco Hero Award. Three impressive candidates with superb eco credentials have were shortlisted as finalists: Amy Shaw, Matt Willer and Nadia Sparkes, with the award going to Matt after online public voting. It was great to make connections with some of Norfolk's most inspiring individuals, businesses and organisations. Thank you for inspiring us all to live climate smarter lives.

See also

Image zoomed in on a Vattenfall employee, working from the top of a wind turbine located in the sea. More wind turbines and a small boat is in the background.

Vattenfall is developing a proposal for the 1.8GW Norfolk Boreas Offshore Wind Farm.

Image of a wind turbine located in the sea.

Vattenfall is developing a proposal for the 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm.

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