P1 Marine Foundation’s marine environmental education programme, Coast Explorer has been extended to incorporate an internship initiative to create awareness of career opportunities in the sector.
Launched in 2013, the Coast Explorer programme educates young school students about the importance of the marine and coastal environment through interactive outdoor sessions at the coast and by highlighting its resources in terms of ecology and energy, as well as encouraging conservation.
This summer, in partnership with The Crown Estate, Vattenfall and Canterbury City Council, P1 Marine Foundation launched its first Coast Explorer internship scheme as an extension of its existing education programme. Focusing on school leavers, university students and graduates who are interested in developing a career in the marine environmental field, the initiative provided participants with a unique opportunity to experience a wide variety of opportunities across the sector.
In June 2016 the Internship partners selected six candidates from a range of backgrounds to take part in the programme and provide them with specialist marine and coast related skills and knowledge, as well as external and on-the-job training. Each of the partners involved provided a unique opportunity for the interns in their specialist sector of the marine industry including marine ecology, renewable energy, beach monitoring and community engagement.
The internship programme showcases the diversity of opportunities available within the marine industry and provides practical experience in the marine environment sector. The need to offer this opportunity to young people is widely recognised for personal development and improved job opportunities to enable a better future for the health of the UK coasts and seas.
The UK marine industries include companies ranging from SMEs up to globally recognised names and include over 5,000 companies across the UK. It employs nearly 90,000 people and contributes to nearly £3.5bn Gross Value Added to the nation’s GDP.
The internship scheme will continue in 2017 alongside the Coast Explorer education programme to showcase career opportunities for young people linked with our coasts and seas.