Intern learns lessons in offshore energy at Great Yarmouth firm thanks to industry internship scheme

Sixth form student Owen Napthine completed an internship at Gee-Force Hydraulics in Great Yarmouth.

Sixth form student Owen Napthine completed an internship at Gee-Force Hydraulics in Great Yarmouth. Pictured left with the company's apprentice Kyle Jerome. Picture: TMS Media/Gee-Force - Credit: Supplied

An 18-year-old has been introduced to the world of offshore energy through an industry internship programme.

Owen Napthine spent six weeks with Gee-Force Hydraulics in Great Yarmouth, a supplier of bolting equipment and hydraulic tools, working alongside the firm's apprentice and other staff.

The sixth-former, who will be studying for a BTEC in engineering and A-level geography from September, got the placement as part of the East Coast Energy Internship Programme, established in 2016.

Gee-Force managing director Graeme Cook tasked Owen with changing the layout of the premises to maximise storage space.

He said: 'We like to be able to give opportunities for young people to see what the industry is like, help shape their ambitions.'

Owen said: 'I was thinking of going into offshore engineering but I am re-thinking that plan now.'