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15 January 2013

Cardiff and Vale College helps local school learners engineer a solution

A group of A Level students from St Cyres Comprehensive School have benefited from the engineering expertise at Cardiff and Vale College as part of a UK-wide competition.

The students came to the Engineering Department at the College’s Barry site for help with Computer Aided Design, mechanical workshop experience, electronics and research, assisted by tutors. Jessica Jones – the first female Young Engineer of the Year winner in 2011 - also presented a talk on her experiences.

The students have been set a challenge by Dow Corning and Cardiff Harbour Authority in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) competition arranged by the Engineering Education Scheme Wales. Under the EESW project, local companies set Year 12 students a problem, and they work with engineers from that company to solve it.

Part of the competition includes linking with a local university or college to develop project ideas towards the prototype stage. The students spent two days at CAVC gaining experience of working with professional engineers in an industrial environment.

CAVC Head of Engineering & the Environment Richard Thomas said: “This is a great opportunity for the College to engage with employers and learners through the Engineering Education Scheme Wales. The project also gives Year 12 pupils a valuable insight into the Engineering qualifications and facilities on offer at Cardiff and Vale College.”

Mike Tibbott, EES Wales District Representative said: “The idea is to provide an engineering experience for students aged 17-18 – a company comes up with a problem and schools and colleges provide groups of students who work on solutions to that problem. They get help from the company’s engineers and also from teachers. There are 100 projects across Wales and 12 of the teams will win awards based on the quality of their work.”