20 Dec 12

Hinkley Point visit helps inspire young minds

Amazed at the scale of the operation: Danesfield pupils take a look at the control-room simulator

Pupils from Danesfield School in Williton, Somerset, were inspired last week after a trip to EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point B power station where they met apprentices, learnt about energy production and also future career opportunities (11 December).

The sixty-five, year 8 students visited the station’s control-room simulator where employees receive training, the turbine hall where steam is converted into electricity and also viewed the pile-cap area where the two reactors are housed. Current apprentices were on hand to explain how electricity is generated and to also share their experiences of working-life at Hinkley Point.

Nigel Johnson, Senior Teacher at Danesfield School said: “It was a really enjoyable visit which helped pupils understand how energy is generated, as well as appreciate the sheer scale of the operation at Hinkley Point. Hearing positive stories from apprentices who’ve grown up nearby helps provide inspiration for pupils and encourages them to start thinking about their own career path.”

Dave Stokes, Community Liaison Officer at EDF Energy said: “It was great to welcome Danesfield pupils to the station on what has become an annual visit by the school. Trips like this hopefully encourage more students to think about studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and ultimately stimulate career interest in these areas.”


Photo caption: ‘Amazed at the scale of the operation: Danesfield pupils take a look at the control-room simulator’