Each year the Engineering Education Scheme Wales involves around 550 Year 12 students in a six month engineering project linked with a local company. Last year, EESW introduced a competition to identify a Student of the Year, and this competition has been run for a second time.
(L-R) Jonathan Burton (Whitchurch High School), Edward Bransden (Ysgol Bro Pedr), Professor Garel Rhys (Welsh Automotive Forum), Jonathan Pont (Cyfarthfa High School), Nia Angharad Williams (Ysgol Dyffryn Aman), Robert Cater (CEO, The Engineering Education Scheme Wales)
The winner, Jonathan Pont from Cyfarthfa High School, worked on a project with Merthyr Tydfil Highways Agency to investigate the design of a sustainable street. He will receive £1,000 towards his university fees studying Engineering Mathematics.
Jonathan said “When I took part in the EESW scheme, I did not know about this competition for Student of the Year, I was just excited to work on a real engineering problem with Merthyr Tydfil Highways Agency. I would like to thank the school, the company and EESW for providing me with this amazing opportunity”.
Jonathan Burton from Whitchurch High School who worked with Welsh Water, and Edward Bransden from Ysgol Bro Pedr who worked with Dragon Machinery Ltd were both awarded a runner-up prize of a laptop to help with future studies.
The judges also selected Nia Angharad Williams of Ysgol Dyffryn Aman to receive a Discretionary Award for innovation.
Students from across Wales who took part in the EESW sixth form project last year were invited to submit an application form, detailing their previous experience with STEM subjects and how they might contribute to the future of the Welsh Economy.
This year five students were selected and interviewed by Robert Cater, CEO of EESW, Rebecca Davies of STEMCymru and Kevin Doran, Engineering Manager of Ortho Clinical Diagnostics.
The winners were invited to the Welsh Automotive Forum Members’ Networking Dinner at the Vale Hotel, Hensol on 5th December and awards were presented by the chair of the Welsh Automotive Forum, Professor Garel Rhys CBE.
Bob Cater said “The Engineering Education Scheme Wales is pleased to be able to nurture these young people and raise their aspirations, competence and understanding of engineering and manufacturing for the benefit of the future workforce in Wales.”