18 May 15

Young employees at Dungeness B launch project to engage local children in science

Employees at Dungeness B power station have launched a project at their visitor centre to engage young people in the local community with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).   Vivienne Hoang, design engineer, James Lavender, industrial placement student and David Donaghy, operations engineer at Dungeness B Power Station have created a bundle of activities and presentations aimed at 11-14 year olds, who visit the power station for a tour with their school.

James, 23 who lives in Maidstone said: “It has been very exciting for all of us to see how the young people have engaged with the topics we have discussed. They have asked lots of good questions and got fully immersed in the activities. We are delighted that they leave the site with a real buzz around nuclear energy and the opportunities available for them if they choose to study STEM subjects.”

David, 24 who lives in Ashford and is training to be a reactor desk engineer - one of the people responsible for running the reactors from the control room - added: “We have had lots of schools come back to us asking if we can do the same thing next year. Knowing the students and teachers think it’s worthwhile encourages us to believe we are doing something truly beneficial.

“The project gives us an opportunity to tell young people about the fantastic apprenticeships, the industrial placements and graduate schemes that we have running here. Hopefully in three or four years the people that we are speaking to now will be the same people that apply for jobs on the site. I can’t wait to see where it takes us.” The activity is run by a mixture of colleagues on the company’s graduate scheme, industrial placement scheme and permanent site roles.

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