Fifteen of Coleg Llandrillo's most talented engineering students were presented with an industry toolkit and certificate at a learner awards' ceremony, after completing the Level 3 Enhanced Engineering Programme at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus.
During this year's course, nine students got jobs from their work experience, including three students who recently secured mechanical engineering positions at Phoenix Optical Technologies Ltd.
The BTEC programme gives students the chance to get a taste of the sectors within engineering that the college has to offer. Most students return to specialise in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or marine engineering. The course also incorporates the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification and five weeks' work placement within the engineering industry.
Nigel Birch, lecturer and curriculum coordinator for Engineering at Coleg Llandrillo said:
We have had an exceptional cohort of students during the last year. All of them were thoroughly engaged and they worked extremely hard throughout. I predict bright futures for them within the engineering sector.
As an exciting and well-paid career - which could take you anywhere in the world - engineering skills are also highly-valued here on our doorstep. With the upcoming Energy Island project, local opportunities in engineering are set to increase further. Together with the predicted shortage of engineers in the UK, there has never been a better time to think seriously about gaining valuable engineering skills.
Coleg Llandrillo's programme area manager for Engineering, Alwyn Jones, added:
We estimate that from 2020, there will be a huge surge in the need for skilled personnel within the region. It is vital we have people with the right skills to take advantage of these opportunities as they arise, and Coleg Llandrillo offers young people a real chance to gain the necessary qualifications to go for these jobs.
For more information on the range of Engineering courses at Coleg Llandrillo, please contact the college's Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.