To promote the nuclear sector as a career option for school leavers. The National Skills Academy for Nuclear exhibited within the NWDA area at the Big Bang Event at Manchester G Mex on 11th-13th March 2010. The Big Bang is a free event for 7-19 year olds, their teachers and families. To ensure an industry voice at the event, the Skills Academy were supported by member organisations NIS Ltd, Babcock Nuclear Ltd, AMEC, Springfields and Nuvia.
NIS Ltd provided a glove box, which was used to provide a number of activities and a competition to win an IPOD Touch, to attract the young people to the stand, we had queues of people waiting to 'have a go'. We also played the Energy Foresight DVD and had a training Radiation Monitor device, we produced a careers leaflet that highlighted the opportunities that are available in the Nuclear Sector.
The Result The event was a fantastic success attracting more than 22,500 people over the 3 days, the Big Bang provided an excellent opportunity for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community to come together to enthuse and inspire young people about careers in STEM.
The Fair also celebrated the achievement of young people by featuring the finals of the National Annual Science & Engineering Competition and its awards ceremony - where the UK Young Scientist of the Year and UK Young Engineer of the Year were crowned.
Visitors came from a diverse range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds - and included those who had already engaged in STEM, as well as many who had never considered a career in these fields before.