Community

Building on existing engagement with the community, schools and North East businesses as we head towards construction

SOFIA & THE COMMUNITY

Sofia will continue to build on existing community engagement as we head into construction. There will be information days and further opportunities to learn about the project as it continues to progress.

We are also assessing ways to get involved with the community around the onshore electrical infrastructure near Redcar in Teesside, and once chosen, near the port we will use for our operations & maintenance activity.

Introduction

A key focus for Sofia is skills and education as we aim to boost the skillsets and maximise career opportunities for local people, particuarly young people. Our aim is to raise awareness of the range of roles in the offshore wind sector and to encourage training and development so those people interested in the growing offshore wind sector are equipped to work with us, now and into the future.

We are an active participant of Energi Coast, North East England’s offshore wind cluster and we also engage with the wider local business community to ensure companies are well placed to compete for future contract opportunities, which will benefit the whole industry now and for many years to come.

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EDUCATION & SKILLS

Sofia is already linked with local schools, universities and service providers to deliver our supply chain plan commitments and meet our own additional education and skills related objectives.

We are working with Tees Valley Combined Authority and Teesside University to encourage young people to choose STEM subjects that could lead to a career in the growing offshore wind sector.

Plans are underway to apprenticeship programme for roles where there are identified skills shortages is planned to give local people a route to enter the offshore wind industry and the opportunity for a long-term career in a promising sector.

Education and Skills

SPONSORSHIP & EVENTS

Through sponsorships, partnerships and in-kind assistance, Sofia has aligned itself with local organisations and groups to profile the project and its positive benefits while supporting the organisation’s own objectives. Team members have also taken part in events, often to provide updates on the project and its progress, which is especially relevant as we aim to raise local awareness of opportunities.

Sponsorship and Events
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