Students studying on the Pre-Professional Business and Enterprise programme have been given an insight into careers in the Engineering industry, after visiting local firm Graham Engineering Limited.

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form has an excellent reputation for helping entrepreneurial and ambitious students progress onto business related university degrees and careers. The course owes it success to outstanding teaching and learning, but also the wide range of additional enrichment that is built into the curriculum. Students are given opportunities to visit a number of businesses in a range of industries, gaining vital insight into how companies function in the real world, which in turn, enhances their understanding of the complex theories being studied.

Most recently, the Pre-Professional Business and Enterprise students visited Manufacturer Graham Engineering Limited where they were treated to a site tour and overview of operations at the Nelson based company. Graham Engineering Limited provides manufacturing solutions to a wide variety of market sectors including; Nuclear, Aerospace, and Low Carbon Energy, specialising in producing ‘nuclear product’ and ‘hazardous waste’ containers for the Nuclear Industry.

The event was hosted by Taylor-Jayne Fox, the Business Development Manager at Graham Engineering.  During the 2 hour visit, the students gained an understanding of the nuclear industry and what Graham Engineering Ltd do as an engineering business, learning about the different types of roles that are required to keep the company running. The students also found out more about the traditional routes to an engineering career, as well as the Apprenticeship opportunities available and Taylor-Jayne Fox was keen to impress on the students the wide range of career opportunities available – engineering isn’t just about being in a workshop!

A Level Business Student Reece Hewitson said, “The visit to Graham Engineering was insightful and interesting, allowing me to see how vast the Nuclear and Engineering industry is. It was especially good to be taught the routines and procedures nuclear waste goes through before it can be stored and exactly how it is stored.”

“I intend to go on to university after college and study Nuclear Physics with an aim of working in the Nuclear Industry, so I found the visit incredibly helpful. This visit also demonstrated the variety of job roles available and how many ways there are to enter into the nuclear industry.”