College leaders have hailed as a success a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) event that took place earlier recently at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's CamDa campus.

School Ysgol Tywyn, Ardydwy, Botwnog, Eifionydd, Moelwyn, Bro Idris and Glan y Môr all attended CodiSTEM, an event dedicated to raising the profile of careers in STEM by giving the young people the opportunity to have a go and learn more about civil engineering, astronomy, construction, engineering, science, virtual reality and associated technologies.

Companies from all over North Wales attended the event and gave their time to demonstrate skills and help young people understand what STEM jobs are.

The event was supported by Betsy Cadwaldar University Health Board, Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Big Ideas Wales, Brighter Foods, Food Technology Centre, Centre for Alternative Technologies, CITB, Ffestiniog Railway, Horizon Nuclear Power, Institute of Civil Engineering, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Snowdonia National Park Authority, Techniquest, Deri Jones and Associates Cyf, Orthios, Jones Brother Ruthin, Llechwedd Slate Caverns and Ymgynghoriaeth Gwynedd Consultancy.

Sion Arwel Jones, Business BDevelopment Manager from Ymgynghoriaeth Gwynedd Consultancy commented:

We've had a very good day today, we've been demonstrating what Civil Engineering is by inviting the young people to have a go at building spaghetti bridges. It's also been a very good opportunity to speak to teachers about what we do - the level of engagement has been fantastic.

Speaking at the event Dafydd Evans, CEO Grŵp Llandrillo Menai added:

Once again the CodiSTEM has proved to be a big hit with students and schools, it's been great fun visiting today and listening to the animated conversations going on between the students and their mates. It's a opportunity for them to get excited about STEM jobs, and consider what type of work they might expect to do in the future.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai partners with Careers Wales to organise the CodiSTEM and Welsh Government who provide the funding, the event addresses the Regional Skills Partnership Agenda which has identified the growth of job opportunities in the STEM arena.

By hosting CodiSTEM events at grŵp campuses during the course of an academic year, we are demonstrating to young people that there are good, well-paid STEM jobs and careers for them locally. At this event they can even meet the employers, and learn from them directly.