Third Energy has been active in the local community for over 20 years.
Knapton Tours and Site Visits
An important part of our local community activity is hosting groups or individuals for tours of the Knapton Generating Station or our sites. Alternatively, we are available to come and talk to groups about our projects and operations and answer your questions. Please email us at [email protected] to set up a visit to Knapton or to request a speaker for your group.
Supporting Local Business
Third Energy is committed to sharing the benefits from our activities with the local community either directly through increased employment or through the opportunities for local businesses to benefit from supplying goods and services. This is the principle we have worked with for over twenty years and continue to do so.
Third Energy currently spends about £1 million a year with suppliers in the wider Yorkshire area (from the Tees to the Humber). Spend increases significantly when drilling or undertaking other major operations.
Employment and Apprenticeships
Third Energy employs more than 20 staff in North Yorkshire and we are playing our part in bridging the industry skills gap by teaming up with Malton-based training provider, Derwent Training and Scarborough-based Tyro Training to train apprentices. Recently, we had three people undergoing training, and have been impressed by their enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills. Our administrative apprentice, having completed her programme in 2016, is now a full time member of staff. The other two have completed their Mechanical and Electrical apprenticeships in January 2017. They have achieved several qualifications, including gas testing and IOSH Managing Safely, and been gaining real time experience through supporting project works such well workovers. They are both registered STEM education ambassadors and one of them was Highly Commended in the regional finals of the National Apprentice of the Year Awards.
In February 2018, Third Energy signed on with Scarborough Athletic FC to extend its community partnership into a sixth season. Having been safely exploring for, and producing natural gas in North Yorkshire for over 30 years, Third Energy operates a number of sites across North Yorkshire and is a proud supporter of the Seadogs.
In recent years, Third Energy has taken pride of place on the front of the Men’s first team playing shirts. Third Energy’s attention has shifted to the youth set-up for 2017/18 with sponsorship of the brand new under-10’s team. The whole club is looking to build upon last season’s performances and push for more success in more familiar surroundings. This season marked a very important one for Scarborough Athletic as it returned back to the town for the first time in a decade as they look to challenge for the Evo-Stik North Division title at the brand new Flamingo Land Stadium.
Shaun Zablocki, Operations Manager for Third Energy said: “We are proud to be continuing our relationship with Scarborough Athletic FC this season. In recent years we have supported the Men’s first team, but now it’s time to turn our attention to tomorrow’s stars and focus on the grassroots of Scarborough Athletic. We would like to congratulate the under-10’s for their success at the Ryedale U10 Youth Tournament at the end of last year but it is also important to have fun and develop team working skills whilst playing sport at an early age. ”
[Maciej Kapozynski, Manager and Terry Priest, Assistant Coach of Scarborough Athletic FC under 10’s squad said: “We are delighted that Third Energy has sponsored our team ahead of our debut season. Each year we look to develop the squad both with success on the pitch and with new skills and team working off it. Being able to count on Third Energy for the squad’s training and match day kit means we can keep our thoughts firmly on winning games, and washing the kit!”].
Our level of involvement with local schools and education establishments continues to grow. In addition to discussing Third Energy’s operations our aim is also to communicate the potential career paths in the local oil and gas industry in engineering, science and technical subjects more generally. As part of this, several members of staff have volunteered to become STEM education ambassadors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). We also support local employment and career events. Members of our staff enjoy meeting students and pupils from the area, answering a wide range of questions and discussing the oil and gas business. Events have included careers afternoons at St Augustine’s’ and Malton Schools followed by mock interviews for students; “Opportunity Knocks”, the annual Ryedale careers fair held at Lady Lumley’s, and a Post 16 event at Ryedale School. Most of the 2,500 school children attending Scarborough Engineering Week visited the Third Energy stand (and entered the draw to win signed Scarborough Athletic FC shirts).
We have held assemblies at secondary schools to promote the energy industry, and also ran the Engineering Workshop at the Ryedale Skills summit, an event bringing together local business leaders with Ryedale schools, training providers and school children to help ensure that local people get the skills and training needed by Ryedale employers to boost their job opportunities.
KM8 Community Liaison Group
In recognition that the proposed hydraulic fracturing of the KM8 well is of significant local interest, Third Energy has set up a KM8 Community Liaison Group. The aim of the group is to build an open and constructive relationship between the local community and Third Energy.
The Terms of Reference and Minutes of Meetings can be found here:
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