Our BAM Nuttall team, working in joint venture with Kier at Hinkley Point C, the new nuclear power station under construction in Somerset, are committed to engaging with young people, inspiring the next generation to fill the skills gap in the construction industry. Putting this into action again last week, the team welcomed the SS Great Britain’s 2018 cohort of Future Brunel students to the project. The group of year 11s, who are at a crucial decision making stage in their education, were given the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a civil engineer for the day; using cutting edge setting out and survey equipment on site and putting engineering principles into practice with a tower building challenge.

Gemma Longhurst, Future Brunels Programme Manager, said,

“Thank you so much for having us to visit again! Nathan and Ian really brought the site and their work to life which is invaluable for the Future Brunels as they make choices about what to do next”.

The Future Brunels programme, run by the SS Great Britain Trust, has been underway since 2011. It aims to inspire and enthuse young people with science and engineering throughout their time at secondary school and to the introduce them to the range of career options available to them through studying STEM subjects.

The scheme, works with four local Bristol schools, selects a cohort of 12 students each year who spend five years on the programme - from Year 7 to Year 11 – taking part in a series of exclusive out of school activity days designed to sustain interest and enthusiasm in STEM subjects and to give the Future Brunels an understanding of the options open to them by continuing these subjects through further education and beyond.

The young people where hosted by three of the JV team working at Hinkley Point C: Natalie Moore, Communications; Ian Rowswell, Sub Agent; and Nathan Aracena, Site Engineer.