Capital Experience

Capital Experience

Advanced Engineering Diploma students from Tameside College travelled to London as part of the Career Academy programme, where they received Engineering experience through the vast travel networks accessible in the City.

The Career Academy initiative is a programme that aims to help young adults receive work experience and raise their career aspirations. The visit gave the Engineering students an incite into the various travel systems in the capital and how each structure meets the demand of every day use.

Canary Wharf Tube Station was the first venue and a discussion was held on how the design and structure of the tunnels is engineered for safety and efficiency. EDF Energy also took the students to London City Airport where they were informed of how the company provides energy to the busy airport and demonstrated how the systems are operated. Other venues the students visited included the O2 Arena and Canary Wharf Tower.

The culmination of the visit was at the National Theatre where Tameside College students, along with 2000 other learners and tutors were told about how the Career Academy programmes can help them in their specific trades. The presentation was interactive and challenged students to discuss their long term career goals.

Engineering tutor, Peter Redfern said, "The learners had a great day. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to take a look at real engineering related businesses and discuss with professionals the problems and challenges that face them in meeting the demands of such large facilities."

He went on to say, "The convention at the National Theatre gave the students a chance to meet and share their experiences with other Career Academy learners. Key business speakers discussed their experiences; providing the students with the inspiration to face challenges and perform at their highest level in all aspects of their lives"

For more information on the Career Academies programme please visit www.careeracademies.org.uk