On Monday 11 June, Croft Primary School welcomed back two professionals from SLC Rail for a second inspiring visit.

Northern team members Thomas Coon, Regional Lead for the North and Emma Massey, Project Manager, captivated the young pupils with presentations on the world of civil engineering relating the examples to local infrastructure projects to resonate deeper with them.

Addressing 90 children from years 2, 4 and 5 over two interactive sessions, Emma and Thomas shared their expertise and passion for rail projects, particularly those transforming the North of England, including the development of the nearby Golborne station.

Thomas Coon said: “Croft Primary School is situated in an area which has significant opportunities for rail development, including the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail route between Liverpool and Manchester Piccadilly. Improved connectivity in Warrington will be a game-changer for this generation, creating new job opportunities and fostering economic growth. Engaging with young people early on is crucial to spark their interest in Civil Engineering and show them the diverse opportunities and career paths available in the rail industry.”

The older students from years 4 and 5 also had a unique opportunity to channel their creativity by designing their own railway stations, which they proudly presented back. Their designs conveyed an instinct for understanding what a rail passenger needs, such as ensuring there were retail outlets and spaces for EV cars and scooters.

Emma Massey said: “We thoroughly enjoyed our time with the children, helping them realise that their hobbies can translate into exciting careers in civil engineering. Whether it’s ecology for animal lovers or engineering for Minecraft enthusiasts, there’s a discipline for everyone in this field.”

Anne Mains, Head Teacher at Croft Primary School said: “Visits like these can change our students’ lives by broadening their horizons and introducing them to real-world professionals. Following the success of last year’s visit, we were thrilled to welcome SLC back, who have such a passion for rail and the opportunities it can bring for the north of England. This passion is infectious, and the children thoroughly enjoyed their time with Tom and Emma.”