Waltham Forest College organised a visit to the National Grid’s gasholder site for a live demo of a demolition site. The site in Leyton is currently being dismantled and industry experts from the National Grid and their demolition partners were on hand to help facilitate the session.

The future engineers were invited to witness the experience first-hand and discuss the process involved which included a detailed tour of the gas site. They also learnt how the gasholders were once used to supply energy to the local community.

Samantha Rendell, National Grid’s Land Regeneration Manager, said;

 “We were delighted to host students from the College and provide a unique experience for them. National Grid is always keen to have a positive impact on the communities in which we work. It was also a great opportunity to highlight the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills in addressing the UK’s shortage of engineers, and actively encourage them to consider a career in this industry”.

Engineering tutor at Waltham Forest College Zartosht Atropatene, said; “The interactive session was a great opportunity to get our learners to think about how the skills they are developing here at the College can be applied directly to the industry. Learners were excited with the visit as it allowed and motivated them even more to consider a career in engineering.”

Councillor Mohammad Asghar, a representative for Lea Bridge at Waltham Forest Borough Council, attended the session and said, “It was great to see National Grid involving young people from the local college and providing a beneficial experience to get people into STEM careers. Many of the learners I spoke to were passionate about the subject and knew exactly what pathway to undertake to reach the end goal of getting into their career.”

The College’s STEM centre was officially launched by the Deputy Mayor of London, Jules Pipe backed by a £4m development funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA) in recent years. The STEM centre stands as a unique venue giving students access to state-of-the-art facilities and industry standard workshops and resources, designed to inspire them to succeed through its highly-integrated learning systems.

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