Children from Ladymount Catholic Primary School celebrated success when they entered a national competition to create artwork about the Western Link project.
The banner created from their designs for the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition is displayed at a temporary compound on the A540 Chester Road, at its junction with Mudhouse Lane, on the route of the underground cable for the Western Link project.
The underground cable is being laid by Prysmian Group, working with engineering company Siemens to deliver the Western Link project for National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission. The £1 billion project will bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in England and Wales.
“We visited the school to explain the competition,” said Helen Bidwell, Prysmian’s Community Relations Manager. “The children researched Ivor Goodsite and his very important messages about safety. They then looked at the Western Link Project and considered its impact as an energy source and the environment, especially locally.
“They produced a number of really impressive paintings that we included on a banner, which visitors and passers-by can see outside our temporary compound.”
Ivor Goodsite is used by companies participating in the Considerate Constructors Scheme to educate children about construction site safety. As part of this educational scheme, a national competition is held annually – and the children’s banner was a runner-up for 2015.
“Safety is very important to us in our work, and we think it’s important to get children to think about construction site safety,” added Helen. “But we hope there will be a more lasting effect from this competition, and that is to encourage the children to consider a career in the engineering and construction industries in the future.”
Students closer to considering careers also got a boost from the Western Link project at the end of the summer term, when a 20-strong team from the project visited Neston High School to carry out interview training.
“We were delighted to help the students from Neston High School,” said Helen. “We were very impressed with the standard of responses and we all found the day incredibly worthwhile. Although the training was very general, we do hope that some of them will pursue careers in engineering and so be helping to keep the lights on in the future!”
The £1 billion Western Link project is a joint venture between National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission. When complete, it will bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in England and Wales and help the UK meet its carbon reduction targets.
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