EDF Energy team inspires budding engineers at Royal Bath and West Show
MORE than 20,000 visitors are expected to be shown that science can be both innovative and fun as EDF Energy helps to inspire the next generation of engineers at the annual Royal Bath and West Show near Shepton Mallet in Somerset.
EDF Energy’s team has joined industry leaders in the Imagineering Zone to encourage young people aged between eight and 16 to consider studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
The marquee is packed with innovative displays and activities and uses some of the latest technology to reveal the techniques behind modern manufacturing and energy production.
There is also the opportunity to win prizes by snapping a selfie at the EDF Energy stand and to learn more about the long-term education and career prospects offered by the company.
The Imagineering area, which is led by independent education charity the Imagineering Foundation, is also supported by Bridgwater College, Yeovil College, Augustawestland, Thales, GE Aviation, BMT, Doosan Babcock, City of Bristol College and the University of the West of England.
EDF Energy’s team includes volunteers from its training campus at Cannington Court as well as staff from Hinkley Point Visitor Centre in Bridgwater and both the Hinkley Point C project and Hinkley Point B power station.
Marie Howe, EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point Visitor Centre co-ordinator, said: “We are committed to inspiring the workforce of the future and as part of that commitment we have supported this event for the past five years.
“The aim is to address the future skills gap by promoting engineering to young people as an exciting future career.”
Pictured getting to grips with circuits is Hinkley Point C's Lidia Bosa and young visitor Matt Kidd.
For more information contact:Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
EDF Energy in the South West
In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.