Marine Futures Schools Event
HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY CENTRE AT PETROC
1:45 – 4:00pm (refreshments included)
From ocean engineering to marine biology, from underwater filming to drone piloting, from autonomous subs to environmental educators, from marine researchers to marine economists … the list of careers in the marine industry is endless!
The South West is leading a UK revolution in renewable and green technologies, with an ambition to become the greenest economy in England and the first to reach net zero.
By 2045, Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW) production in the Celtic Sea aims to supply a quarter of the UK’s energy requirements, alongside clean propulsion, aquaculture and green hydrogen all heralding an exciting era of innovation and new business growth. These developments provide the opportunity to transform the economy of Northern Devon within a UNESCO biosphere, to grow and create new businesses, and to offer exciting world-class careers across a broad range of sectors.
This event is aimed at Year 12 students and Level 3 learners who are studying A Levels, T Levels and BTECs and want to learn more about the opportunities and qualifications required for exciting future careers in marine, maritime and the environment.
1:45–3:00pm: Marine Futures Talk.
- Welcome – Sean Mackney, Principal, Petroc
- The Big Picture – Chris Fuller, Torridge District Council and Dominie Dunbrook, North Devon Council
- Auto Naut Uncrewed Surface Vessel – Mark Burnett, Seiche
- Working in the FLOW industry – Kerry Hayes, Project Development Manager, Simply Blue Group
- Careers & qualifications – Dr Caroline Chipperfield, Petroc
3:00-3:30pm: Interactive workshops. Learn about wind turbine construction, seaweed ecology, the SS Freshspring steamship and autonomous vehicles; test marine vehicles in wave tanks; look at VR simulations of FLOW (Floating Offshore Wind).
3:30-4:00pm: Exhibition and refreshments