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Activity 1: Jobs in the sector
15 mins if brainstorming or 45 mins if creating a picture board/word cloud
Age group:
Key Stage 3, 4
Gatsby Benchmark:
CDI Learning outcomes:
1, 4, 7

Activity 2: Research Task
Time: 1 hour + time for presentation
Age group: From Year 8
Gatsby Benchmark: 2
CDI Learning Outcomes: 3, 4, 5, 7, 14

Activity 3: Energy Challenge
Time: 1.30hrs
Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 4 (Science, Geography, D&T, English, Maths) 5
CDI learning outcomes: 6, 9, 12

Resources & Outcomes: See the 'Teacher Notes for Activities 1-3' document


Lesson Summary: (This appears as the introduction on the student version of this page)

Suffolk is at the forefront of low carbon energy production with many new and established companies working in offshore wind, oil, gas, nuclear and biomass industries.

Unprecedented investment will see Suffolk leading the way as a net energy supplier to millions of homes with thousands of wind turbines to be sited off our coast and potential construction of the new Sizewell C nuclear power plant.

The county is also capitalising on other new and emerging low carbon energy production techniques with local companies already installing biomass and bio-digestion plants.

Suffolk’s energy sector is expanding rapidly with developments in the nuclear, oil, gas and offshore wind industries bringing many opportunities.

Decommissioning of redundant oil and gas platforms in the North Sea offers a multi-billion pound opportunity with the potential of working on more than 500 platforms over the next 25 years.

The energy sector looks set to create an estimated 100,000 jobs nationally, which are higher paid and more skilled than average. Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Enterprise Zone has ambitions to create 9000 jobs in the two towns by 2025 and the construction of Sizewell C will create up to 5000 (at the peak of construction) jobs with 900 permanent jobs operating it.

This sector has a number of well-established employers offering Apprenticeship and Graduate Schemes; engineers are in high demand with a range of technical support roles also available.  It is also worth noting this sector has a large supply chain so employment opportunities can be within smaller companies and include support services such as security, environment, customer service, finance and ICT.

Companies in this sector operating across Suffolk include:

EDF Energy, UK Power Networks, Smartest Energy, SUEZ, Flow Energy, UX Energy Services, Haven Power, SSE, Gas Transportation Company (GTC)

  • This lesson consists of three activities which you should work through with guidance from your teacher and any supporting documents provided
  • The Activities themselves are directly below in the Activities > Activity Documents section
  • Any further critical information or worksheets that you may need are included in the Lesson Resources > Supporting Documents section   
  • A selection of other resources are also included to help you expand your knowledge of the construction sector and the careers opportunities it offers
  • Don't forget that icanbea... has information about the Energy sector and the local organisations that operate within it


If you want to send this lesson to your students, you should point them to the Student Version of this page which omits the teacher notes: https://www.icanbea.org.uk/app/my-page/templates/40/