TyneMet’s HNC in Electrical Engineering student, Rachael Thomas is working towards a bright future in the electrical engineering sector having recently completed a career enhancing work placement with Northern Power Grid.

Rachael who is from Wallsend, said: “Being in a real world environment has brought what I have learned in the classroom together - seeing how things I studied in a classroom brought to real life and I thoroughly enjoyed my 2-week placement and can't wait to go back once I cover more subjects in college. My confidence has grown so much during this course. I feel the college organising this opportunity for me has greatly helped me progress and definitely helped towards my career.”

Rachael added, “It was fascinating to see how Northern Power grid systems work, I went out on the field to various jobs talking to trainees to managers. I seen sub stations being worked on, maintenance being carried out, problems being resolved, visited old and new primary stations! When something doesn't make sense and it all finally fits together and you fully understand what you are learning is a great feeling!”

Rachael began the course with no electrical knowledge or background, but cited that great teachers at TyneMet shared their extensive subject knowledge within lessons. Racheal also gained full distinctions in her first year which I never thought I would be able to achieve.

Rachael’s dream is to work with Northern Power Grid on their TST training programme and eventually be a project engineer.