British Steel apprentice aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 26 Mar 2018

An apprentice at British Steel in Scunthorpe has visited his old school in a bid to help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Nicholas Moreira White, a third-year electrical engineering apprentice at the Scunthorpe steelworks, went back to St Norbert's Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy in Crowle for the first time in a decade for an event designed to increase awareness of science and engineering roles.

Nicholas, 21, who also studied at South Axholme Academy in Epworth and John Leggott College in Scunthorpe, spoke to pupils about life as a trainee engineer on the works and the opportunities available to the next generation of school leavers.

He said: "I always knew I wanted to be an engineer, even when I was a pupil at this school.

"But I didn’t know what I wanted to specialise in until I got to college and saw the options available.

"It’s the first time I’ve been back to the school since I left 10 years ago so it was quite strange stepping through the once-familiar door. But I’ve enjoyed sharing my experiences with the pupils because it’s a carer I’d genuinely recommend to them.

"If I’ve inspired even one pupil to think about a future with British Steel or as an engineer in any industry, I’m happy with that."


The British Steel works in Scunthorpe

The school ran a series of events to promote science and engineering to its pupils to mark National Science Week.

Other visitors as part of the initiative included British Steel energy works manager Hamid Rasool, who spoke to the pupils about the integral role the Central Power Station plays in generating electricity to keep the Scunthorpe site going.

He was joined by Tracey Coggan, area technical manager for the Continuous Casting Plant.

Pam Tonge, head teacher at the school, said: "All the children have had a wonderful science week with some fantastic speakers from British Steel and Cemex, together with an excellent STEM ambassador.

"Parents have enthused about their children’s work and how the week has inspired vocations in engineering and science."



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