2 Dec 16
Hinkley Point C

Suffolk High School hosts Young Chamber business event

Sir John Leman High School in Beccles, Suffolk, hosted the local business community this week, marking the start of EDF Energy’s patronage of the Suffolk Young Chamber.

Over 50 local businesses came together with school leaders and students in what promises to be the first of a series of events designed to bridge the gap between the corporate and education sectors.

The breakfast event saw Sir John Leman’s Head Boy, Elliot Fenn and Head Girl, Molly Ellis, host the visiting businesses and compere the event. Whilst networking they tackled topics such as what qualifications, skills and experience help a candidate stand out from the crowd when looking for a job and were able to meet up with apprentices from EDF Energy’s Sizewell B power station.

Speaking at the event, Tom McGarry, Sizewell C Head of External Relations, thanked Sir John Leman for hosting the event and said: “EDF Energy, which operates Sizewell B power station and is looking to build Sizewell C has a very strong track record of working with schools and colleges and inspiring young people to study Science, Engineering and Maths subjects. There are great opportunities in the energy sector and events such as this help us understand the needs of schools and vice-versa.”

Michael Taylor, Head of Sir John Leman High School said: “Sir John Leman is delighted to host the Young Chamber. We believe we can positively shape our students’ future by working collaboratively with local businesses and opportunities like this showcase the school and its students to thriving local industries. It was particularly useful to hear directly from employers, such as EDF Energy, about local job opportunities.”

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Photo caption - left to right - Kevin Keable, Sir John Leman School, Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford, Suffolk Young Chamber, Jeremy Rowe, Sir John Leman School; Molly Ellis, Head Girl of Sir John Leman School; Tom McGarry Sizewell C Head of External Relations; Allison Copeman Sir John Leman School; Michael Taylor Sir John Leman School; Elliot Fenn Head Boy of Sir John Leman School.

EDF Energy in the East of England

In the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 575 staff and 250 contracting partners. EDF Energy has completed Stage One consultation for Sizewell C which would be capable of supplying power to some 5 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational.
As well as generating enough power to serve some 2.5million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to 270,000 customers in this region with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are 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 up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence, Morrisons and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust right here in the East of England. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.