British Steel apprentice goes back to his roots

British Steel apprentice Nicholas Moreira White went back to his primary school for the first time in ten years to inspire future generations.
British Steel apprentice Nicholas Moreira White went back to his primary school for the first time in ten years to inspire future generations.

A British Steel apprentice stepped back in time when he visited his old primary school to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Third year electrical engineering apprentice Nicholas Moreira White (21) visited St Norbert’s Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy in Crowle for the first time in a decade in an event designed to increase awareness of science and engineering roles.

The former South Axholme Academy and John Leggott College student talked to pupils at the school about life as a British Steel trainee engineer, and the opportunities available to the next generation of school leavers.

“I always knew I wanted to be an engineer, even when I was a pupil at this school,” said Nicholas.

“But I didn’t know what I wanted to specialise in until I got to college and saw the options available.

“It’s the first time I’ve been back to the school since I left ten years ago so it was quite strange stepping through the once-familiar door. But I’ve enjoyed sharing my experiences with the pupils because it’s a carer I’d genuinely recommend to them.

“If I’ve inspired even one pupil to think about a future with British Steel or as an engineer in any industry I’m happy with that.”

To celebrate National Science Week which took place last week (9 to 18 March), St Norbert’s Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy has been running a series of events to promote science and engineering to its 120 pupils.

Earlier in the week British Steel Energy Works Manager Hamid Rasool spoke to the pupils about the integral role the Central Power Station plays in generating electricity to keep the Scunthorpe site going. He was joined by Area Technical Manager for the Continuous Casting Plant Tracey Coggon.

Head Teacher Pam Tonge said: “All the children have had a wonderful science week with some fantastic speakers from British Steel and Cemex, together with an excellent STEM Ambassador.

“Parents have enthused about their children’s work and how the week has inspired vocations in engineering and science.”