Our Academy has hosted another successful residential work-experience week for year 9 and 10 students.
The week, which took place at our Eakring training centre, aimed to introduce the students to engineering and the varied career paths available to them.
The students were given an insight into the work we do at National Grid and how important it is. They had sessions delivered by our own Academy specialists, on various aspects of the gas and electricity system – such as overhead line conductor jointing and electrofusion – as well as an in-depth tour of a substation.
The work-experience students were also provided with some communications and team-building coaching sessions, from which they were able to transfer the newly acquired skills and use them during the project day later in the week.
The project day consisted of two separate projects, run by our esteemed training teams. One project was to install a gas transmission system, using metal and plastic pipes. An electricity project simulated how electricity is generated, transmitted and how it ultimately gets to the customer. Both groups had a brief to follow and, with assistance from our trainers and Eakring staff, completed the projects within the allocated time.
The students then produced separate presentations on the two projects and delivered them to a host of National Grid staff and their own student ‘colleagues’; a fantastic achievement, given the age of the students and that they didn’t know each other at all before the start of the week.