Students given an insight into careers at Hartlepool’s nuclear power station

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BUDDING engineers are getting an insight into a potential career at Hartlepool power station thanks to the efforts of 15 mentors from the facility.

The power station has linked up with Hartlepool Sixth Form College and English Martyrs Sixth Form College to offer a two-year mentoring scheme where pupils will find out more about a potential career with EDF Energy.

Simon Parsons, station director at Hartlepool power station, said: “It is vital that we better inform local students of the opportunities here at the station.

“The link with the Hartlepool Sixth Form College and English Martyrs Sixth Form College will offer the students a chance to learn about life on the station.

“They will work with a variety of different engineers and we’ll also help them with important soft skills, such as CV writing and interview techniques.”

The scheme ran for the first time last year with 17 students from Hartlepool Sixth Form College, and it proved very successful.

It is hoped then that the initial group will continue their interest in engineering and will apply to join EDF Energy on the apprentice, graduate or industrial placement schemes.

Simon added: “This mentoring scheme will give the students a chance to work with our engineers to help them plan their future careers within engineering and science based disciplines.

“Hopefully by seeing the real opportunities at Hartlepool power station, this will encourage students to return to the area after their university days.”

Jo Liddell-Fisher, head of careers and work related learning at English Martyrs Sixth Form College, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for our pupils to get a real taste of an engineering career.”

Alison Willetts, director of faculty (STEM) at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “The vast majority of our 17 students who ‘spear headed’ the mentoring scheme last year have now applied for mathematics and engineering degrees at Russell group universities with a view to working in industry.

“We hope that their links with EDF Energy will be maintained throughout their undergraduate programmes and return to EDF Energy on graduate apprenticeship schemes.

“We are confident that the new cohort of students will take full advantage of the opportunities offered by EDF Energy.”