The Engineering Education Scheme Wales encourages pupils to consider careers in engineering through a range of interesting activities. Partnerships with industry are crucial for the activities we provide. Engineer time, company visits and financial support are required to sustain our contribution to the future prosperity of Wales. If you think you can contribute with any or all of these and are interested in working with us to improve the quality and quantity of engineers for the future please contact us.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP US?
EESW relies on the support of engineering companies across Wales. Industry needs to help develop the skilled workforce for the future and working with EESW will contribute to this. In addition to helping develop and focus young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, many companies have benefitted from the outcomes from teams of bright young people working on real problems in the company. Solutions to live problems have often led to big savings.
How does the scheme work?
Starting in September, the company provides an engineering project to a team of 5 or 6 high ability students. The students work on the project over a six month period. They work with a contact teacher and the company nominates a contact engineer to provide guidance when necessary. The students will meet with their engineer at the induction days in September to received their project brief. The teams then return to school and begin planning.
Teams and their engineers will then attend a three day workshop at a suitable location in December. Significant progress is normally made at this stage when the students have access to facilities, institutional expertise and the support of the company engineer. Back at school the teams refine their solutions before submitting a formal report, creating an exhibition of their work and presenting their findings to a panel of professional engineers at the Awards and Presentation Day just before Easter.
The Company provides:
- a suitable engineering problem;
- an engineer as mentor for the team, and to attend the scheme launch, the workshop and the celebration event;
- an opportunity for the students to see the problem in context by visiting the company premises;
- a financial contribution towards the cost of each project link.
Benefits to Companies
- Potential financial savings from successful project outcomes using innovative young minds.
- A raised profile in the community.
- Long term contact with high calibre students providing a potentially cost effective future graduate route.
- Development of project management skills in young company graduates.
- The opportunity to strengthen education industry links and enhance teachers’ knowledge of engineering and technology.
- A general improvement in the quality of engineering students by encouraging enthusiasm at an early stage.
“It was a pleasure to collaborate with the team on this project. I was very impressed with the high quality of work they produced and with their overall level of professionalism. The competition was of the highest quality and to win first prize in one of the categories was testament to the hard work all of the team put into the project. Everyone at Guardian looks forward to continuing to support local pupils and any efforts to increase their interest in engineering as a career.”
Jim Flood, Sustaining Engineering Manager, Guardian Global (2013)
“The challenges of the project gives the students the chance to experience first-hand the types of problems faced by industry on a day to day basis. They had to develop a workable solution within a given time”
David Davies, Yale College (2012)
“The work of the scheme is absolutely invaluable in driving forward STEM subjects”
Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones, First Minister for Wales (2012)
“The attraction of participating in EESW projects is that Year 12 A-Level students actually get an opportunity to solve a real-life engineering problem. They get a chance to really make a difference, which is challenging and exciting for them.”
“For link companies involved in the scheme, the students help to solve genuine problems that add real value to that company’s business. The scheme also provides opportunities for the link companies to get to know potential recruits over an extended period of time”
Derrick Lewis, Technical Manager, Schaeffler UK (2012)