20 Dec 12

Hartlepool Sixth form's engineers get station mentoring

BUDDING engineers are getting an insight into a potential career at Hartlepool power station thanks to the efforts of 17 mentors from the station.

The station linked up with Hartlepool Sixth Form College in September to talk about opportunities at the station and more than 200 students and their families attended.

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

“The link with the Sixth Form College will see the students hear about life on the station from a variety of different engineers’ perspectives, and we’ll also help them with important soft skills, such as CV writing and interview techniques.

After the initial presentation at the college, students were invited to submit a CV and asked to answer three set questions.

From those initial entries, students were shortlisted and interviews and 16 were chosen to take part in the first ever mentoring scheme. They will be working with station staff over the next 18 months.

It is hoped then that the 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, will encourage students to return to the area after their university days.”

Rick Wells, principal at the college, said: “This scheme will offer 16 of our students a chance to see what they are learning academically at college, applied practically at the station.

“I have to thank Brian Matthews at the station for driving this forward. My students now have a chance to join a mentoring programme with an internationally renowned energy company.”