Creating the engineers of the future

Northumberland Church of England Academy students touring Catapult at Narec. Pupils with Steve Robertson in the High Voltage Electrical Laboratory. Picture by Jane Coltman
Northumberland Church of England Academy students touring Catapult at Narec. Pupils with Steve Robertson in the High Voltage Electrical Laboratory. Picture by Jane Coltman

Students from the county have been learning more about renewable energy as part of Global Wind Week.

Year 10 pupils at Northumberland Church of England academy in Ashington, were given a special tour of ORE Catapult in Blyth, to further their knowledge of the renewable energy industry.

ORE Catapult’s operations director, Tony Quinn, said: “We are working to raise the profile of renewable energy by engaging with the local community and local schools as these pupils are the engineers of the future.

“They will have the skills and knowledge to push renewable energy forward, so it’s important to engage and enthuse them.

“We are keen to get local schools in to explore why renewable energy is important and try to get them enthused, because we want the brightest and the best.”

The NCEA pupils, who are all triple science students, toured the 3MW drive train facility, HV electrical laboratory and blade test two, during their visit.

Careers advisor Mark Fox added: “This is important as a way of widening the students’ aspirations of engineering as a viable career options, as its perhaps something they hadn’t considered before.

“It is important to have links like this and visit industries because that’s when it all makes sense.

“Hopefully, these students will be the engineers of the future.”