Turbine engineer fired up over powerful opportunity
SHE has got the power!
A 28-year-old turbine engineer has become one of the first people to become involved in an industry exchange programme.
Engineering giants Centrica and Siemens have joined forces to give graduate and newly qualified engineers the opportunity to expand their engineering knowledge, by going on secondment to each company.
Anna Southall, of Grimsby, is one of the first to be involved in the exchange.
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She said: "Having spent the past few years working at Centrica's South Humber Bank Power Station, near Grimsby, it's so rewarding to know I'm playing my part in helping to keep people's lights on at home.
"My interest in power stations started in school when I took part in an engineering education scheme at the former Drakelow Power Station, which was designed to get kids interested in engineering.
"I guess it must have done the trick – ten years later and I've made it through Centrica's graduate engineering programme, secured a permanent role in the business, and now with this exchange, I'm just a few months away from applying to register as a professional engineer through the Institution Of Mechanical Engineers."
Anna will spend three months with Siemens, in Lincoln, which is a world-leading gas turbine manufacturing and service business and operates in 89 countries.
Paul Birt, human resources director at Siemens in Lincoln, said: "We are delighted to be pioneering this graduate exchange programme with Centrica.
"We believe that this will hugely enrich the experience of our graduates enabling them to expand their knowledge of engineering, as well as experiencing other business cultures and working with different teams.
"We see this as a good model for future talent management."
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