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Enthusing young engineers with a Big Bang

UK Power Networks’ staff will be inspiring the next generation of bright sparks to pursue careers in engineering at the Big Bang fair this month.

From Press releases - 7 March 2014 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks’ staff will be inspiring the next generation of bright sparks to pursue careers in engineering at the Big Bang fair this month.

The company, which keeps the lights on in London, the South East and East of England, is co-sponsoring the ‘power village’ at the UK’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths at Birmingham NEC from March 13 to 16.

Youngsters aged from seven to 19 will have a chance to talk to graduates, who have recently joined the company, as well as experienced members of staff and be taken on the journey of electricity through generation, transmission, distribution and supply. They can play an electrical engineering game, using a model of substations, circuits, switches and network maps to safely isolate part of the electricity network for repairs – just as real electrical engineers do after power cuts.

Emma Barbour, UK Power Networks’ talent acquisition partner, said: “We are bringing electrical engineering to life with an exciting game simulating the essential work our engineers do to keep the lights on. This is our chance to show young people just how cool and exciting these subjects really are.

“We are there to inspire young people to think big by considering a career in science, technology, engineering or maths. We want them to understand engineering underpins so many things in modern society, including inventions and innovations which are relevant to everyone. We are really looking forward to meeting the young people and have put lots of effort into making this a unique opportunity for them to see the possibilities that await them in the working world.”

More than 57,000 students have registered to visit this year’s fair. UK Power Networks encourages those with an interest in electrical engineering to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths subjects as far as they can to keep their options open in the workplace.

UK Power Networks employs 5,200 people and runs a number of schemes to encourage young people to join the industry. Last year 60 recruits joined its apprenticeships to become electrical fitters, jointers and linesman, 21 recruits were welcomed onto the graduate programme, 11 individuals joined the undergraduate Powering Placement scheme offering summer internships and 18 recruits enrolled on the Engineering Development Programme studying for a foundation degree in power distribution from the London South Bank University.

For further information about careers at UK Power Networks visit: https://www.ukpowernetworkscareers.co.uk/