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AWE has a proud history in mentoring and some pupils who have benefited from AWE mentors, increased their knowledge on engineering following a special visit to the site.
Year 10 students studying at The Costello School, in Basingstoke, said they would be interested in hearing more and receiving a tailored talk that would broaden their knowledge as well as supplement their studies.
During the visit in February, they received a specially prepared slide and DVD presentation from Ken Sherratt, Knowledge Engineer, on the history of the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
AWE’s Head of Systems Engineering, Dave Murray, then welcomed them and spoke about his time at AWE where he began as an engineering apprentice.
Dave said: “I was pleased to be asked to act as senior sponsor for the visit and to meet the students. It is encouraging to see that there are still many youngsters who are interested in a career in engineering or science. I also acknowledge the excellent work conducted by the AWE mentors who put in much of their own time to help such students throughout the local area.”
Liz Merrin, the school’s senior science technician, said: “It was an inspirational day for tomorrow’s potential engineers, listening to the history of previous discoveries and it was an excellent introduction in to what careers are available to these young people.”
The students were given a guided tour of the educational collection during which they were introduced to Managing Director, Dr Andrew Jupp, and shown the latest laser scanning and digitising technology. The whole group saw themselves scanned and that image replicated as a 3D digital model.
Helen Auld, AWE Schools Mentoring scheme coordinator, said: “It was fantastic to be able to share our educational collection with these students from The Costello School. We have been mentoring GCSE students there for over five years and this close link has benefited both the students and the volunteers from AWE who have taken part.”
Notes to Editors
1. AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent.
2. AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.
3. For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888.