Power station fuels work experience

Work experience student Owen Moran at Cruachan with Douglas Chapman, MP for Dunfermline and West Fife and the SNP’s Westminster Spokesperson for Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation NO-T28-Draxapprentice

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Sixteen-year-old Owen Moran has been shadowing power station engineers at Cruachan to experience what it is like working inside a hollow mountain.

The teenager is one of the first placement students since Covid to take up the world of work opportunity being offered by renewable energy giant Drax as part of the company’s commitment to supporting education and skills.

Drax had to stop its educational visits in March 2020 because of Covid restrictions but now they are back.

The work experience programme gives students the opportunity to work alongside highly trained staff, observe practical tasks and ask questions to improve understanding and help them decide if a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) career is right for them.

Owen  said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience at Cruachan. It was great to develop a further understanding of the inner workings of the station and work alongside great people. I look forward to hopefully applying for one of next year’s apprenticeship roles.’

The on-site work experience week builds on what the students learned during an online programme earlier this year during the Easter holidays.

Drax’s Scottish Assets & Generation Engineering Director Ian Kinnaird, said: ‘We’re pleased to be able to offer in-person work placements at our sites again and hope that this will give students a valuable insight into the world of work and spark an interest in STEM subjects.’

Drax welcomed 12 work experience students across its sites in Scotland,  including Daldowie Fuel Plant near Glasgow. At the end of the week, each student was presented with a certificate of achievement and a £100 voucher to spend on books and educational resources.