College students get taste of life at Sirius

Caedmon College Whitby students on Sirius Minerals' Woodsmith Mine site
Caedmon College Whitby students on Sirius Minerals' Woodsmith Mine site

A group of seven year nine students from Caedmon College Whitby, have taken part in a project with the company behind Woodsmith Mine, to find out more about the world of work.

The students, aged 13 and 14, visited Sirius for one day per week over a six week period. They learned about the types of career opportunities within the business and the role of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based jobs.

As well as meeting a range of employees within the business and listening to presentations about various careers, the students created their own video based on their experiences and perceptions of the world of work.

Diane Wood, a pastoral tutor at the school, said: “This was an extremely valuable and rewarding experience for the students, many of who now have new ideas about what their futures will bring following the programme with Sirius.

“The project not only taught the students a host of transferable skills associated with creating a short film, but it also opened their eyes to what life is like after education and gave them an insight into the types of careers that are available.”

Isabel Belchamber, 13, who took part in the project, said: “Since coming to Sirius I feel that my confidence has really improved and I’ve become better at communicating with different people.

“I’ve also learnt new skills such as note taking, interviewing and giving presentations, and my concentration has improved,” she added.

Sirius Minerals’ £3.2bn polyhalite project, which will involve the construction of the mine near Whitby with a 37km mineral transport tunnel to a processing plant and port at Teesside, is set to create more than 2,500 direct and indirect jobs during operations, including at least 50 apprenticeship positions and 15 undergraduate roles. There will also be peak of 1,700 construction jobs.

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