Children take a look at a Hartlepool success story

St Helens students on their visit to JDR.
St Helens students on their visit to JDR.

Forty children got a real behind-the-scenes insight into how a flourishing Hartlepool company works.

Students from St Helens Primary School in the town paid a visit to JDR and officials from both sides hailed it as a great success.

The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day - it was a real eye opener of what goes on ‘on our doorstep’

Nigel Henderson

A JDR official said: “The children were fantastic and JDR hope to have inspired them into a career with JDR and/or a future in engineering.”

It all started with a “think safety” video for the Year 5 students aged 10 and 11 and continued with a tour of the factory - on a coach provided by the Hartlepool Families First cause.

The bus was bought by the JDR Charity Events initiative last year.

Pupils, accompanied by teachers and JDR staff, got to see the massive vertical laying up machine as well as two other giant buildings, as well as the loadout area.

The whole day was supported by JDR’s ambassadors in STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Nigel Henderson, from St Helens Primary School, who organised the visit on behalf of the school, said: “The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day - it was a real eye opener of what goes on ‘on our doorstep’.”

A JDR spokesman added; “The day was filled with such admiration from the students, they were all engaged the whole time.”

JDR, which supplies subsea power cables, is a real Hartlepool success story.

It has won a string of contracts in the last few months. In February, it became the preferred cable partner for US Wind Inc on its first offshore wind project.

That means JDR will provide the cables for the Maryland Development project, where up to 187 turbines will be placed in water depths up to 100ft. The overall wind project will be worth $275million.

In another deal, JDR secured a contract earlier this year with Cameron Ltd, on behalf of operator ONGC. It involves work for 11 oil and gas wells, which are found at ONGC’s Western Offshore fields in India.

And late last year, it was announced that a deal had been awarded by DONG Energy, which wanted JDR to supply subsea power cables for the Hornsea Project One.

When it is finished, the Hornsea wind farm will meet the electricity needs of well over a million UK homes