Students from Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera Bro Dur saw manufacturing in action when they visited the Caerbont Automotive Instruments (CAI).  The initiative was part of Make UK’s National Manufacturing Day 2023 where students were introduced to diverse and exciting careers in manufacturing and engineering and apprenticeship opportunities.  The students were accompanied by teacher Andy Walters, who has previous experience of working in engineering.

Students with Janis Richards from Make UK and the CAI team

Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera Bro Dur is a successful Welsh-speaking community where all children and students are challenged and motivated to develop into first-class individuals.  The Bro Dur site, in Sandfields, Port Talbot, is for 11-16 year-old students.

Make UK champions and celebrates British manufacturing and manufacturers and is focused on creating the most supportive environment for UK manufacturers to thrive, innovate and compete.  Make UK is formerly known as the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF).

Make UK’s National Manufacturing Day Make UK provides manufacturers with an opportunity to showcase the diversity of a truly fascinating sector, the range of highly skilled jobs on offer, and the amazing opportunities for reskilling and career development within manufacturing in the UK.

The Importance of Engineering Apprenticeships

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) reports: ‘There is an estimated shortfall of over 173,000 workers in STEM sectors – an average of 10 unfilled roles per business in the UK, costing the economy a “shocking” £1.5bn each year.  49% of engineering businesses are experiencing difficulties recruiting workers with the skills they need.

Students with laser engraved gauges faces
Students with laser engraved gauges faces

During the visit to CAI, the students were able to see successful manufacturing in action and talk with past and present engineering apprentices.  Each student had the opportunity to operate a laser engraver and pad printing machine to produce a bespoke gauge face featuring their own name and the name of the school.

Operating the pad printing machine

Managing Director, Gavin Roberts, also highlighted the importance of apprenticeships and introducing young people to the exciting manufacturing and engineering sector.

“We need to promote the diverse range of engineering and manufacturing opportunities to young people,” explained Gavin.  “Many students have little knowledge of those opportunities and events like this help us bridge the gap between education and the workplace.  It was a fantastic day and we wish to thank the school, Andy Walters and, most importantly, the students for visiting us.”

For further information on our apprenticeship programmes or gauge designs for Classic Cars, Electric Cars, Motorcycles and Marine projects, please contact us on:

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