Pete and Jennifer at St Marys School.(Network Rail Image)
Network Rail engineers from the North West Electrification Programme visited St Mary’s Primary School in Horwich, Bolton, last week to raise awareness of the range of career opportunities in engineering.
Senior project engineers Jennifer Gilleece and Peter Sommers attended the school which participates in the Primary Engineer Programme, a not-for-profit organisation which encourages young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
As well as hearing about how Jennifer and Peter shaped their careers in telecommunications and electrical engineering, pupils also learned about other types of engineering, including work on the nearby upgrade of the Manchester to Preston via Bolton railway line.
As part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail is electrifying the railway between Manchester and Preston which will pave the way for faster more frequent train services from December 2017.
Jennifer Gilleece, senior project engineer at Network Rail, said: “The visit to St Mary’s allowed us to speak to pupils about engineering, safety and the railway. They were shown clips of various rail engineering projects involving overhead line equipment, track, telecoms and signalling to understand the day-to-day role of our engineers. It also gave us ample opportunity to discuss rail safety with the pupils to help keep them safe when they are near the railway.”
Deputy head teacher Anne-Marie Davies, said : “Network Rail came into school last week to encourage our pupils to consider careers in engineering. The aim was to inspire the children from an early age to enjoy STEM subjects identifying their value and importance to engineering. The children were keen to ask Peter and Jennifer questions. The whole school thoroughly enjoyed the visit and presentation, remembering the important rail safety message when questioned later.”