The College used the grant funding to support the creation of a practical learning centre for teaching thermodynamics, instrumentation and electrics relevant to working in a nuclear power plant. The centre contains a physical flow rig – as found in a nuclear reactor – but importantly the project also developed a serious of Virtual Reality (VR) simulations to enable students to safely experience working conditions and situations within a nuclear site.
This project has developed the use of VR to support a range of students including Level 3 Maintenance Technician apprentices, Level 3 engineers and Level 6 Nuclear Engineer degree apprentices in their studies and to provide alternate and innovative assessment methods. The use of VR enables students to link the theory and practice in a safe environment – highly desirable for the nuclear and other high risk industry sectors. The facilities are also used for school engagement activities and for upskilling and CPD for local employers.