Boardroom not bored room: pupils enjoy work experience with a difference at Cadent

helping our community

  • 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
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.
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.”

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Budding executives: pictured left to right, Redmoor Academy Year 10 students Sam, Nathan and Leah with Cadent’s Ralf Quist.


Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy.  We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change.  Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency.   Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the Welsh Borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing. 

Future of Gas: Here at Cadent we support the Government’s plans to reach Net Zero by 2050. That means we’re backing the introduction of hydrogen as a low carbon alternative to natural gas for the future. We know people love the controllability of gas and, with our network already in place, it makes sense to switch to the lower carbon alternative offered by hydrogen, which we believe can keep homes and businesses warm for generations to come.

Cadent manages the national gas emergency service free phone line on behalf of the gas industry - 0800 111 999*

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