Alford Academy S3 Physics Pupils were given a fantastic classroom input from EDF Renewables this morning.
Oliver Oakley, Lead Technician for Dorenell Wind Farm and Laura Noone, Area Manager for EDF Renewables in North Scotland came into Alford Academy to talk about wind energy. Oliver and Laura outlined their career path and current job role, providing pupils with an insight into their backgrounds and day-to-day working life.
Oliver Oakley explained that Dorenell Wind Farm (20 miles from Alford) is the largest EDF Wind Farm in Europe, it is home to 59 turbines that can power 106,000 homes. Oliver outlined the physics of a wind turbine which enabled pupils to see how their learning at Alford Academy is transferable to future careers and the world of work.
Laura Noone went on to talk about how EDF Renewables will play vital role in helping Scottish Government ambition to deploy 20GW of onshore wind by 2030. She also explained the various routes into the sector including the apprenticeship schemes they offer to young people aged 16 and above.
The feedback from the young people of Alford Academy has been really positive. We are very grateful to EDF Renewables for coming into Alford Academy and we look forward to welcoming them back to the school in the future.