Work Experience Empowers PupilsJuly 9th, 2012 by Gareth Bone
I read with great interest that National Grid held a unique work experience course from 2nd – 6th July for 14 and 15 year old students.
National Grid, the UK’s largest utility company gave the opportunity to 50 students to see an insight into the future of energy and the industry as a whole. The students were given the opportunity to work alongside real Engineers to see how the supply of energy works with close up views of high-voltage substations.
Students were also given the opportunity to explore the hardware used to keep our lights on and our gas flowing. This included a tour around a major power station to find out how electricity is generated and a visit to a gas compressor site to develop a deeper knowledge of how gas is moved around in volume.
The Week is run by National Grid in partnership with the independent charity, The Smallpiece Trust, and is part of an ongoing programme of residential courses to help young people aged 13 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. Through running residential courses and STEM enrichment days, The Trust has reached out to 18,175 students across the UK in the past year.
I think it is an excellent demonstration on how large companies can get involved at grass roots level encouraging people to take an interest in an industry requiring some very scarce skills. I wish I had that kind of opportunity when I was at school. It provides a great opportunity for students to get a real insight into Engineering and Science and create the next generation of star Engineers.
* Gareth is our resident Power Recruitment Specialist who can be contacted on 0118 932 0100 or email@example.com *