Jarrow students learn about the Energy Sector

Year 9 students from Jarrow School in Sunderland recently went on a workplace visit to Northern Gas Networks in Sunderland. The purpose of this visit was to enhance pupils understanding about the different roles in the energy sector and potential routes in to STEM careers.  

The visit included a tour of the workplace, which led to conversations with numerous members of the team, meeting people from dispatch to engineers who educated them about what the job entails, as well as finer details such as salary, working hours and any specific job requirements.

After the initial tour the school children got stuck into a creative task – they were tasked with drawing a NGN employee and assessing the personal and skills attributes needed for the chosen role; this was followed by a group discussion. This task was designed in order to overcome the idea of stereotyping job roles, promote the gender neutrality of the roles they offer and to raise awareness of the entry needs.

As well as education surrounding jobs and raising aspirations, the children also had a talk about the dangers of carbon monoxide. In order to further the impact of this and put words into action, each child also received a Carbon monoxide detector to take away for use in their homes.

This activity forms part of a wider Make the Grade in Energy programme that includes Northern Powergrid and Northern Gas Networks support, aimed to inspire and enthuse the students about the world of engineering offering accessible, tailored activities promoting the utilities sector.

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