2 Jun 15

EDF Energy celebrates the start of The Times Cheltenham Science Festival

EDF Energy is delighted to be the Associate Title Partner of The Times Cheltenham Science Festival and importantly is delighted to continue to support the ‘Science for Schools’ programme. The education programme is the heartbeat of the Science Festival, with thousands of young people discovering fascinating science from some of the world’s leading scientists.

More than 70 volunteers from the company’s Barnwood office where the Generation business is headquartered are helping out at Cheltenham and sharing their own inspiring stories about why a career in science was right for them.

Stuart Crooks, Managing Director of EDF Energy’s Generation business, said:

“We are passionate about engaging young minds with science and engineering, which is why we continue to build on our rewarding partnership with the Education department at Cheltenham Festivals. Together we have embarked on an ambitious programme of STEM activities that take place all year round. The aim is to engage as many children and young people as possible with STEM and the opportunities for a brilliant career in science and engineering.

“Our enthusiasm for inspiring people in science also extends beyond our work with Cheltenham Festivals. We have visitor centres and tour routes at our nuclear power stations across the UK and later this year will open a new centre at our CCGT* at West Burton, Nottinghamshire. These are open to all. We actively encourage schools to visit and book a plant tour to see science in action – all free of charge. We are also working in partnership with ‘TeenTech’, who deliver regional events for Year 8 students to inspire them to study STEM subjects.

“For a company like EDF Energy it’s hugely important to have young people coming through the education system with a passion for STEM subjects, and with a desire to build a career in the sector. Over the next decade the energy landscape of the UK will change significantly with older power stations coming to the end of their lives and a new generation of stations – including our planned new nuclear sites – coming on stream. We need to ensure that we excite young people now about the possibilities open to them when they complete their education, and show them the rewarding opportunities that are open to them in our industry.”

Exciting young people needs support. EDF Energy’s education website, www.jointhepod.org, does that by providing ready-made learning resources and programmes to bring STEM subjects to life and encourage an interest in science. Internally the company actively engages employees to volunteer and share their knowledge and experiences. The business is fortunate to have enthusiastic volunteers who love to inspire young people with STEM.

You can find out more about our activities, and employment opportunities within EDF Energy by visiting our careers website http://www.edfenergy.com/careers or by talking to any of our team in the Festival Discovery Zone or at the EDF Energy marquee in Imperial Gardens.

*Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Station

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/