2 Sep 15

Back to school early for some Suffolk High School students

The summer holidays have come to an end for Year 11 students at Farlingaye High School who start their work experience placements this week.

Morgan Dale, Nathan Johnson and Laura Russell, all 15, from the high school in Woodbridge, Suffolk, will spend their placements getting to grips with science and maths at Sizewell B power station.

Morgan, who is from Felixstowe, has put his school timetable and morning paper round on hold so he can see how his favourite subject, chemistry, is put to use at the power station. 

Morgan said: “I am really interested to see the sort of jobs on offer for science students.”

Whilst Nathan Johnson from Lower Rendlesham said his love of science and maths led him to Sizewell B.

Nathan and Morgan have the perfect mentor who started off in their shoes - Chris Sharrock from the Sizewell B nuclear safety group.  Chris spent a year on an Industrial Placement with Sizewell B in 2010 whilst completing a degree in physics.  He went on to achieve a place on the EDF Energy graduate scheme and secured a full time job at Sizewell B earlier this year. 

Laura from Woodbridge will spend her placement with the projects team at the power station where she will see a project from its early planning stages through to fruition. 

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B Station Director said: “The students with us this week from Farlingaye High School show great enthusiasm for STEM subjects and are predicted to do well in their school exams – exactly what we look for in tomorrow’s engineers.”

Sizewell B has given 18 work experience student placements this year to young people in the local area giving them an invaluable insight into the world of work.  For more information on the routes into EDF Energy please visit www.edfenergy.com/careers/early-careers

For more information contact:

Marjorie Barnes
External Communications Manager - Generation
01728 653378
07515 295488

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