Wind giant funds Stem subject activity at Grimsby Institute

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 11 Dec 2017

GRIMSBY Institute has secured a £40,000 hand-out from offshore wind giant Ørsted to help boost interest in Stem subjects. 

The Nuns Corner campus successfully bid into the £500,000 Skills Fund created by what was Dong Energy. 

It will build on existing investment and expertise and create an annual programme of events designed to excite, inform and spark curiosity in science, technology, engineering and maths for more than 2,000 students in junior, secondary and higher education across wider Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire. 

The money builds on a recent hardship fund win to aid student travel, again supported by Ørsted.

Matthew Wright, managing director Ørsted UK, said: “We were really pleased to see such a positive reaction to this first round of the STEM Skills Fund which clearly demonstrates the significance and demand for funding of this type within the region. Encouraging and enabling young people to develop STEM skills at an early age is of great importance to us, and this is just one of the ways we are doing that. 

“I am delighted to also announce that we will be repeating the application process again next year, and look forward to supporting more STEM activities within the region.”

As well as contributing £75,000 a year to the East Coast Skills Fund, Ørsted has also partnered with Teach First to transform the skills landscape in the North. As part of this Ørsted support charity  Teach First on a number of challenging targets to improve the teacher attraction and retention, and pupil progression in Grimsby, Hull and Merseyside.

The fund is being administered by the independent grant-making charity GrantScape. For further information about the fund and when and how to apply, visit www.grantscape.org.uk.



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