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Engineering Experience Energises Pupils with the Smallpeice Trust

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, July 16, 2014 --( From 7th to 11th July, fifty students from across the UK enjoyed a unique Engineering Experience course at the National Grid Training Centre near Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Run in conjunction with the UK’s largest utility company, National Grid, this residential learning opportunity gave students an insight into the future of energy and the industry as a whole. Over the five days, the lucky students worked with real engineers from National Grid to see first-hand how the supply of energy works. This included learning about the anatomy of the nation’s energy networks and taking a close up view of high-voltage substations, lines and cables.

Students also explored the scale of the ‘hardware’ used to keep our lights on and our gas flowing. This included a tour round a major power station to find out how electricity is generated and a visit to a gas compressor site to develop a deeper knowledge of how gas is moved around in volume.

Social activities included a trip to the local bowling alley and a film evening. On the final night, The Smallpeice Trust and National Grid hosted a conference style dinner. Here they had the opportunity to socialise and share their experiences of the week and also hear from Nick Smith, a previous student on a past National Grid Engineering Experience who is now doing an apprenticeship with National Grid.

Tony Moloney , National Grid’s UK Education and Skills Manager commented: ““We are delighted to have been able to offer this week in partnership with The Smallpeice Trust. We think this is a superb way to show young people the world of engineering and work generally, and is an approach we are keen to continue and develop further. As a major engineering employer we recognise our responsibility to help young people understand where their science, maths and technology studies could lead them. By harnessing our own technical resources, The Smallpeice Trust’s experience of running residential courses schools, and the expertise of the Royal Academy of Engineering who helped develop the week, we believe we are setting new standards in the provision of work-based learning for schools students.”

Dr Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust added: “Thanks to the continued generous support from National Grid and for the second time this year, we were able to give students a meaningful opportunity to explore the diverse range of careers in this exciting and fast-changing sector. Improving the current skills base in the UK presents a major challenge when it comes to meeting our low carbon targets and achieving National Grid’s goal of developing an energy system that can underpin our economic prosperity in the 21st century. This opportunity will inspire those taking part to consider a future in tackling climate change and sustainable energy solutions.”

The National Grid course is organised by independent charity, The Smallpeice Trust, and is part of an on-going programme of residential courses to help young people aged 12 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. Through running residential courses and STEM enrichment days, The Trust has reached out to 17,495 students across the UK in the past year.

The new course timetable for 2015 will be launched in the autumn school term. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To find out more, visit, or telephone The Smallpeice Trust on 01926 333200.

Notes to Editors:

About National Grid:

National Grid is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the centre of the energy system and we ‘join everything up’.

In Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country. In the North Eastern US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles.

Contacts: Isobel Rowley, Press Officer on 01926 655275 or

About The Smallpeice Trust:

The Smallpeice Trust is an independent charitable trust which promotes engineering as a career, primarily through the provision of residential courses for young people aged 12 to 18.

Over the past year, The Smallpeice Trust has engaged with 17,495 young people through 35 different subsidised residential courses, in-school STEM Days and starting up STEM Clubs. More emphasis has been put on programmes physically delivered by The Smallpeice Trust. The Smallpeice Trust has also trained 1,280 teachers to enhance their delivery of STEM in the classroom.
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The Smallpeice Trust:
Claire Fisher
+44(0)1926 333203

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