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 play 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 will 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.
Third Energy has been a proud sponsor of Scarborough Athletic FC, a club rung by the supporters trust, since June 2012 and work with them to extend participation with the local community. Initiatives have included brokering reduced ticket prices for local apprentices; providing signed shirts and tickets as prizes for school fundraisers and making co-presentations with Club players and managers. We are very pleased to have supported their extremely successful run over the last four years, rising from Step 9 in the English football league pyramid up to the Northern Premier League Division One (North), not to mention their appearance in the Final of the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup in April.
Our level of involvement with local schools and education establishments continues to grow. In addition to discussing Third Energy’s operations and our aim is also to communicate the potential career paths in the local oil and gas industry and 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.
KM-8 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 KM-8 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 are here
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