Skanska, the main contractor for Battersea Power Station’s enabling works, is hosting an after-school engineering club for local pupils.
The 26 students from the nearby Harris Academy Battersea will work in teams to design a sustainable town in the 10-week pilot project, including looking at the Battersea designs. They will work towards a Crest Bronze Award, which is a Ucas accredited qualification from the British Science Association.
Skanska has science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) ambassadors, who are working with the pupils. “The Engineering Club at Harris Academy Battersea is an amazing way to share the expertise and passion of our staff at Battersea Power Station, to inspire the next generation,” said senior engineer Colin Glen. “It has been a fantastic opportunity to use new and innovative ways to develop young people’s understanding of our industry and raise their career aspirations for the future.”
Michael Garcia, a Year 11 student at Harris Academy Battersea, said: “Engineering Club has been an amazing experience. It has allowed me to begin my journey to becoming an engineer as it has taught me things I wouldn’t learn until later in life. It has given me the tools I needed to build a door of opportunity for my future studies and career options.”
The Battersea Power Station Development Company has been working with the Academy in several areas, including running a 30-student work experience programme over the past two years. It has also had a presence at the school’s career fair.