Sellafield sets nuclear challenge

A COMPANY that is responsible for decommissioning the UK’s nuclear legacy has set young scientists at Priestley College a challenge.

Sellafield Ltd, which has a base at Risley near Warrington, has given the Priestley learners a challenge linked to the work they do.

Now the students will present their conclusions to a panel of experts and other schools and colleges linked to the Engineering Education Scheme.

“It has been a great opportunity to work on a real-life engineering problem and with a client setting the challenge,” said Priestley Tutor Jo Rogers.

The college’s partnership with Sellafield was formed as part of the Engineering Education Scheme.

It provides students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology that will enable them to make an informed decision about their future studies and career.

Sellafield experts have worked with students in college and the goal is to give them experience of teamwork, problem solving as well as use of a university’s engineering workshops.

Students will receive an EES National Certificate on successful completion of the programme and a Duke of Edinburgh Skills Certificate.

Jo Rogers said it would stand them in good stead for the future.

“It is a great thing to take to future employers or when applying for university places,” she said.

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