Students energised by visit to National Grid’s live gasholder demolition site
Students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (known as CONEL) were provided with the opportunity to experience a live demolition site on Wednesday 13 May when they visited National Grid’s gasholder site on Leeside Road, Tottenham, which is currently being dismantled.
A group of students studying Level 1 Elecrictal Installations at the college were invited to learn about the processes involved in dismantling a gasholder and understand more about possible career options in the industry following their course.
Experts from National Grid were on hand to help facilitate the session, answer questions and to stimulate discussion. Students met a range of representatives on site, including representatives from National Grid, demolition contratcros Erith and WorleyParsons, the engineering and construction consultants.
Folowing the site visit, National Grid’s Education and Skills Specialist team will be visiting the college later this month to talk to students in more detail about their apprenticeship programmes.
Derek Munro, Level 1 Electrical Installations Course Tutor at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London said: "It was a great opportunity for the students to visit a live demolition site and experience how the skills they are learning at college can be applicable in the workplace. National Grid provided excellent presentations and careers advice, which the students will really benefit from. The students really enjoyed the visit, and were asking the engineers about the work they did. Our thanks go to National Grid for providing this excellent opportunity."
Keith Johnston, National Grid’s Land Regeneration Manager, said "We were delighted to host a visit from The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, which is a near neighbour to our site, and provide a unqiue and valuable experience for the students. National Grid is always keen to have a positive impact on the communities in which we work. It was also a great opportunity to highlight to the students the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills in addressing the UK’s shortage of engineers, and encourage them to consider a career in this industry".
Councillor Doris Jiagge, representative for Upper Edmonton, London Borough of Enfield, attended the session and said, "It’s great to see National Grid involving students from the local area in their works and providing a really benficial experience for the students. The information provided about apprenticeship opportunities and careers advice was very encouraging to see, and a number of students were asking about careers in the sector".
National Grid is currently carrying out work to dismantle the three gasholders on sites at Willoughby Lane and Leeside Road, in the Northumberland Park area, and students were able to learn about how the gasholders were once used to supply energy to the local community.
Work to dismantle the gasholders began earlier this year and is due to be completed by the end 2015. Due to improvements in the gas network, the gasholders no longer serve a purpose and this has provided an opportunity to decommission the gas holders and bring forward the site for development.
National Grid is carrying out similar projects at its former gasworks sites across the country.
For more information about our Electrical Installations courses, please visit our specific course page to http://www.conel.ac.uk/courses/construction-courses-london.html
- Last Updated: 14 May 2015