23 Jun 16

Sizewell B inspires female students at National Women in Engineering event

The Sizewell B visitor centre is taking its science exhibition to the John Innes Centre in Norfolk today to promote women in engineering.

Around 200 students from 22 schools across Norfolk, Waveney and Suffolk will get to meet with 50 local energy and engineering firms to quiz them about how to get into the sector.

The students will hear from a panel of speakers including Helen Cavill, finalist in the Institute of Engineering Technology’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award and winner of the Women in Engineering Society Prize 2015; and geotechnical engineer and author of the popular industry blog ‘Offshore Blondie’ Scarlett Mummery during the event today at the John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park.

Paul Morton, Sizewell B Station Director said: “EDF Energy believes a diverse and inclusive workforce is critical to the performance of the business.  Through our visitor centres and Science Technology Engineering and Maths outreach programme we are always looking for ways in which we can encourage more female students to consider science and a career in the energy sector.  We are looking forward to meeting with the students at this exciting event.”

Claire Hopkins, STEM Manager of ConnectEB, one of the organisers of the event said: “This is an important event enabling us to promote Engineering and Energy to female students in an interesting and engaging way.  The partnership will enable us to work with and inspire even more young people to explore opportunities in engineering and energy.  There are key economic opportunities across Norfolk and Suffolk and we want our young people to be at the forefront of these developments.”

National Women in Engineering Day is an International awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. Created by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), it takes place annually on 23 June.

The event in Norfolk is organised by Connect Education Business in partnership with WEN UK and supported by regional businesses.

Last year, EDF Energy launched #PrettyCurious, a long term programme to encourage more teenage girls to study STEM. The programme aims to give girls hands-on experiences and provide them with opportunities to learn about the wide range of careers available in STEM.

The Sizewell B visitor centre opened in December 2012 and has welcomed over 13,000 visitors so far.  The Visitor Centre is open Monday-Friday from 9-4pm. The majority of the tours are organised for schools and educational groups. However, members of the public will also be able to attend by appointment. Visitors are given an introductory talk about how the station operates, before being given a guided tour around Sizewell B. To find out more about booking a visit, contact sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com.

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 over 5 million 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 14,000 people at locations across the UK.

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