As part of the school’s continuing commitment to raising achievement and the aspirations of our pupils, On Friday 22nd September, 58 technology/engineering students from years 9 and 10 were selected to attend a business networking event with Alstom Engineering Company here at OBA.
In the UK and Ireland, Alstom operates across over 20 sites and employs more than 2,500 people. Alstom has an impressive history in the UK dating back to the dawn of the railway, and they have been involved in some of this country’s most significant and innovative rail transportation infrastructure such as HS1, Manchester Metrolink, Network Rail’s Signalling and electrification systems, Nottingham Tram and half the trains on the London Underground.
Alstom also provides world-class development and training facilities for employees and industry partners. Additionally, they invest in longer-term skills development through partnerships with the UK’s best education providers and skills development organisations, as well as their own well-established intern, apprentice and graduate programmes.
Alstom, whose new site has recently opened in Halton, with a Skills Centre due to open in September, sent 21 employees over from France to come into OBA, with an aim of raising awareness of careers in Engineering.
Pupils were given the opportunity to speak with the engineers about their roles and responsibilities and about the educational and vocational pathways that they undertook to access a career in this industry.
Feedback from the event was very positive, with all 21 of the Alstom engineers stating that they found the event to be very beneficial for both them and the students;
‘The main benefit to me personally of participating in this event was not just answering the questions of the young people but also giving them a better insight into the daily duties and responsibilities of being an engineer, I never had this opportunity when I was at school/college’ Sylvain Lapougeas, Alstom Engineer.
‘This event made me realise how beneficial this type of interaction this could be for my own children when they reach this age, thank you OBA’ Julian Chevallier, Alstom Engineer.
‘Really good event. It was nice to speak to young people and get excited about my job and company’ David Owen, Alstom Engineer