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Year 12 school children and apprentices from around the county are working with top engineers from major employers as part of a scheme to promote engineering careers.
The teams made use of Pembrokeshire College’s engineering facilities this week as they worked towards completing their six-month projects by March 2012.
Milford Haven, Ysgol Y Preseli and Dyffryn Taf, Whitland A level students and teams of apprentices based at the College working for engineering companies, are working on new ideas to solve real-life problems faced by companies, with the aim of developing skills; team-working and innovating.
STEM Cymru representative Robert Elward said:
“This is the first time we have held this event in Pembrokeshire College, having previously been held at a university department. Once we had seen the engineering facilities at Pembrokeshire College we were delighted to be able to bring our teams to the engineering wing to work on their projects.
“This scheme exposes students to the rigours and discipline of industry constraints and deadlines while working on real industry problems. Participants gain motivation, self-confidence and presentation skills as well as learning critical analysis and project management skills.”
Valero, Murco, Jacobs, Magstim and QinetiQ are all working with the scheme by providing engineers to mentor the student groups and help them develop their ideas. Feasible schemes may well end up being used by the companies in the future.
One group, a team of Pembrokeshire College apprentices working for Jacobs, engineering contractors at the Valero refinery, are designing a facility to tackle the problem of what to do with a bi-product at the refinery which is currently stored and can only be disposed of at great expense. The team hope to come up with a solution that allows the refinery to deal with the mixture of oil, water and solid particles, such as recovering the oil from the mix. Another team is tackling the recycling of excess steam.
This scheme is being run by EESW – the Engineering Education Scheme Wales being run by STEM Cymru which promotes careers and studies in science, technology and maths subjects. This is part of a UK-wide scheme to bring youngsters into engineering by giving them real-life experience to help them make informed decisions about their future careers. More than 90 teams of 500 year 12 pupils are participating, alongside first year apprentices studying at Pembrokeshire College.
There are many opportunities open to youngsters wishing to pursue engineering careers – with routes in via apprentices as well as degrees. The scheme is not a competition, but awards are given for exceptional projects with cash awards going to individuals and their educational establishment.