Sizewell B inspires female students on International Women’s Day
International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The female students are all studying towards a BTEC Level 3 in Engineering at Suffolk One and have formed a STEM group for women. The group wants to inspire more girls into engineering and have been actively promoting opportunities at local careers events and exhibitions across Suffolk.
The students were given a guided tour of the power station to see how 3% of the UK’s power is generated. The tour also takes in the turbine hall which houses the two steam driven turbine generators which produce enough low carbon electricity to power over two million homes. They were then given a special tour of the Sizewell B reactor simulator where all reactor operators at the power station carry out their training.
The day concluded with a Q&A session by female engineers from the power station, where the students were able to gain first-hand knowledge of what it is like working within a STEM industry and also the range of opportunities that are available within the sector.
Georgina Hanser, Director of Curriculum at Suffolk One said: “Today has been a fantastic opportunity to really support our female engineers at Suffolk One. The power station tour was highly motivational and insightful and fits really well with our ethos of raising aspirations of young people in Suffolk. As an outstanding post 16 provider it is really important that we address the issues of a lack of engineers, particularly females, within the county.”
Georgia Catchpole, an engineering student at Suffolk One, said: “It was a nice surprise when we arrived at the visitor centre for our tour to be met by two female tour guides; I was expecting a male dominated environment and that was not the case.”
The visit is part of EDF Energy’s #PrettyCurious programme, to encourage more teenage girls to study STEM. The programme aims to give girls a hands-on experience and provide them with opportunities to learn about the wide range of careers available in STEM.