Children learn about nuclear careers

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YOUNG people in Hartlepool learned more about a career in the nuclear sector at a special event.

More than 120 students were informed about the nuclear industry at the event hosted by Hartlepool College of Further Education and the National Skills Academy Nuclear.

Over two days, students learned from leading companies such as Darchem Engineering and Doosan, before visiting Hartlepool Power Station where they got a behind the scenes look at a nuclear reactor.

Danny Tyrell, training manager at EDF Energy Hartlepool Power Station, said: “We were delighted to contribute to such an innovative event and have the opportunity to work with such capable students.

“The talent of the future workforce is an important part of securing competitive advantage and a critical driver to stimulating growth in the UK’s economy.”

Year 10 students from schools such as Dyke House, English Martyrs and Manor College attended the event, the first Science, Technology, Engineering And Mathematics (STEM) event dedicated to nuclear power in the North East.

At Hartlepool College of Further Education, the students took part in seminars, Q&A sessions and team tasks such as the honeycomb challenge, which involves creating a paper structure capable of withstanding having heavy weights dropped on it.

They also received advice on job applications, CV writing and interview techniques from career experts at the college.

The event was supported through the Nuclear Industrial Partnership.

Julie Maykels, regional manager for the National Skills Academy Nuclear, said: “The Nuclear Industrial Partnership is set to change the landscape for skills development across the UK nuclear sector by providing a coherent and carefully coordinated partnership through which employers can collaborate and innovative to address skills challenges in the nuclear sector.

“The North East STEM event has proven to be a collaborative and effective success.

“Speaking to students, schools careers staff and the partners involved with the event it has been an overwhelming success.”