Generating an interest in engineering
June 26, 2012
Six pupils from The Forest School enjoyed a five-day work experience course at the National Grid.
Year 10 GCSE pupils Luke Giles, Matthew Henley, James Lambton-Heyes, Ilyaas Rasool, Eduardo Salazar and Ben Wass took part in a competition run by the Smallpeice Trust.
The work experience took place during the Easter holidays at the National Grid Training Centre near Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Pupils worked with engineers to see first-hand how the supply of energy works, and learned about the anatomy of the nation’s energy networks and taking a close-up view of high-voltage substations, lines and cables.
Richard Earp, National Grid’s education and skills manager, said: “We are delighted to have been able to offer this week in partnership with The Smallpeice Trust. We think this is a superb way to show young people the world of engineering and work generally, and is an approach we are keen to continue and develop further.
“As a major engineering employer we recognise our responsibility to help young people understand where their science, maths and technology studies could lead them. By harnessing our own technical resources, the Smallpeice Trust’s experience of running residential courses, and the expertise of the Royal Academy of Engineering who helped develop the week, we believe we are setting new standards in the provision of work-based learning for schools students.”
Ben Wass, a pupil at the school in Robin Hood Lane, Winnersh, said: “We even had to get to meetings under our own steam and arrange our own time, just like real life working.”