NSG Inspire Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers at UTC
In the months of March and April, NSG Environmental Ltd have collaborated with University Technical College (UTC) Burnley to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. This three step partnership, brought together through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEMNET), has provided the UTC students with a first-hand glimpse into the UK nuclear industry and an appreciation of the workplace.
Step One: NSG visit UTC Burnley, 17th March 2014
In the first stage of the collaboration with UTC Burnley, three NSG employees attended the college to get a feel for the facility and the environment in which the young people are educated. The educational structure at this facility has been developed to permit students to cultivate relevant skills early in their careers, giving them a greater understanding of working within industry and a valuable practical skill base. James Rudd, NSG’s Business Development Manager, gave a presentation to twelve year 12 students and provided an insight into the nuclear industry, NSG as a company and his employment background.
Step Two: UTC Burnley visit NSG Scientia House, 7th April 2014
To enable the students to develop an understanding of the nuclear industry further and the work that NSG are undertaking on a daily basis, the UTC students attended NSG’s head office, Scientia House, in Chorley. The visit started with a presentation identifying the routes of entry into the nuclear industry from an engineering and science perspective. A tour of the facility was then given by members of the NSG STEM team and students were taken through the physical processes involved in designing, building and operating a trial rig. Following this, students and ambassadors discussed the outcomes of trials and how to tackle the challenges which may be encountered throughout the process.
In the afternoon, the students took part in an engineering or scientific challenge. Both teams did some great work tackling the task and incorporating their learning from the morning session. Along with two members of the NSG engineering team, six of the students designed and built an operational model of a piece of lifting equipment which could function in two planes of movement. Two members of the NSG science team challenged the remaining six students to manufacture a sludge material to a given recipe and analyse the material to ensure that the material met the required specification.
Step Three: Society of Radiological Protection Schools Event Southport, 28th April 2014
This event aims to entertain and inform young students in the North West area, inspiring them to continue their studies of science/engineering subjects in the future and to consider a career in radiological protection. NSG will be holding a stand at this event and the students from UTC will be attending to further develop their understanding of the extent and variety of employment opportunities within the nuclear industry.
Samantha Padmore, NSG’s STEM Coordinator, said: “This collaboration with UTC Burnley has been a huge success and we hope that this is just the beginning of a successful and lasting relationship with the college.”