John Mann MP Summer School returns to CCGT
Employees at West Burton B’s CCGT power station were joined for the day by a group of young people who were keen to find out more about the power industry. Each year John Mann MP puts together a Summer School for around 50 pupils who start a week of varied activities with a day at the power station. The Bassetlaw and Coventry Citizenship Summer School (BCCSS) is now into its 12th year and is supported by the station's owner EDF Energy.
Pupils on the summer school are drawn from six senior schools from across the region. They were met by the station’s senior managers, and then given an in-depth tour of the site. Tilly Spencer, the CCGT’s Plant Manager was pleased the group chose to visit West Burton B CCGT again. She said: “We are delighted to be part of the Summer School and it’s great that we are first on the agenda. Employees at the CCGT site talked to the pupils and introduced them to the work we carry out here at the plant, we then took them on a tour so they could see the technology for themselves. This is the fourth year we have hosted the visit at the CCGT site and we are always amazed by the level of questioning and interest from the pupils. We look forward to seeing them again next year.”
The pupils were put through their paces with a series of interactive sessions based around the electricity industry. After the station tour, the pupils were given time to explore the exhibits in the station’s visitor centre, where they were able to test their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) knowledge.
John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, thanked EDF Energy for offering the station as a base for the start of the summer school. He said: “My aim in setting up the summer school, which has been running for over a decade now with many hundreds of young people taking part, was to expand the horizons and opportunities for local pupils. “As ever it’s great that EDF Energy and the team at West Burton CCGT host the start of the Summer School and ensure it gets off to a great start. The idea is that by seeing different industries the pupils will hopefully see careers that interest them, or which training or further education routes they may want to pursue. Seeing around a place like EDF Energy’s CCGT plant is always interesting for the young people who may have seen the site from a distance and perhaps wondered what actually happens beyond the fences.”
Following their day at the gas-powered station, the next stop for the Summer School pupils was London, where a full week of activities was planned.