23 Economics students from Year 12 visited Sizewell B nuclear power station in Leiston earlier this week, donning their hard hats, high-viz jackets and goggles for an initial safety briefing and introduction to nuclear power. Groups of students were taken around the site, locating buildings and machinery such as the spent fuel store, back-up diesel generators, the back-up heat sink, seawater filters and the waste-handling building.
The highlight for many, it’s fair to say, was seeing the turbines and generators inside the turbine hall; incredibly noisy, even when idling due to a regular maintenance outage!
The trip formed the second part of Woodbridge School’s Nuclear Power with Sizewell C programme, part one being a nuclear/climate change lecture by Dr Law, which was delivered last term. Students enjoyed learning more about nuclear energy, particularly seeing for themselves how the site works and is managed.
The third part of the programme will be a careers presentation by EDF, due to be held later this term, highlighting Graduate Entry and Degree Apprenticeship openings within EDF, with a particular focus on opportunities to work on the exciting Sizewell C project in due course.
Thank you to the students for a great trip, and to Sizewell B nuclear power station for allowing us to visit.