Students get glimpse into the future thanks to Severn Trent’s virtual reality

Wednesday 12th July

Severn Trent took school children into a virtual reality to inspire young people into becoming the next generation of engineers.

The company, which serves 4.5m customers across the Midlands and into mid- and north Wales, took part in the Big Bang Fair 2017 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and took some of its newest and most innovative technology along to engage with the youngsters.

The fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK.

Dr Shahad Al-Janabi, from Severn Trent, explains: “This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the modern technology we’re using in our day to day work to plan and execute large projects.

“The virtual reality headsets gave the students the chance to walk around a construction site and see some of the challenges we face. And we also had some time lapse videos of some of the big construction projects that are taking place across the midlands at the moment.”

Severn Trent is committed to working with young people and regularly gets involved in visits to schools across the region to educate and inspire.

Shahad continues: “We always grasp the opportunity to inspire the next generation of engineers and on this occasion we were able to take along some of our apprentices and graduates to give the students a real taste of what it’s like to work for Severn Trent.“We had some really great feedback on the day and hopefully we’ve won over the hearts and minds of some future engineers!

”Severn Trent was recently named in the first-ever Social Mobility Employer Index which ranks Britain’s top employers on the actions they are taking to ensure everyone has the opportunity to find a job and to be promoted, regardless of their background.

The company currently has 125 apprentices and 65 graduates working across the business, having been brought in over the past two years and intends to add 62 apprentices and 38 graduates for 2017/18.

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