If you thought work experience was all about making the tea, think again. For year 10 students from Hinckley’s Redmoor Academy spending a week with Cadent was a unique opportunity to see what it’s like to run Britain’s biggest gas distribution company.
- Hinckley Year 10 students spend a week with gas network Cadent
- Students gain a unique glimpse into running Britain’s biggest gas network
- Students try their hands at running the business in role play game
In a packed, week-long programme at Cadent’s Hinckley offices, the ten14 and 15-year-olds learnt about how the company delivers gas to 11 million homes and businesses, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
They discovered how gas gets to people’s homes, visited the National Gas Emergency Service where Cadent staff take over a million calls a year, and learnt how gas pipes are laid.
The would-be executives also got the chance to try their hand at running the complex, multi-million pound business themselves in a team role play game. Taking on senior roles such as chief executive, the students had to keep the business running while facing a series of challenges.
Cadent’s Sam Middlemas, who organised the work experience week and devised the programme, said: “This was all about offering students a real-life, hands-on experience of the world of work and giving them a unique insight into how a large energy business keeps millions of people safe and warm.
“We hope the students enjoyed it and that it has inspired them to consider careers with Cadent and in the energy sector.”
Budding executives: pictured left to right, Redmoor Academy Year 10 students Sam, Nathan and Leah with Cadent’s Ralf Quist.