Over 600 year 9 pupils visited the brand new Canolfan STEM last week to take part in the annual CodiSTEM event.

The event, now in its fifth year, is aimed at raising awareness among young people of increasing training and career opportunities in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) arena.

CodiSTEM 2019 was held at the £13.6M state-of-the-art engineering training facility at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's Llangefni site, which was officially opened earlier in the day by the Rt Hon Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales.

Young people took part in interactive, hands on learning workshops and were given the chance to discuss potential job opportunities with STEM sector employers, as well as try out some of the excellent learning facilities offered at Canolfan STEM.

Dafydd Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai said:

Today has been all about promoting STEM subjects among young people, and drawing their attention to the massive training and career opportunities in this area.

The Regional Skills Partnership has identified a significant growth of jobs in the STEM arena. Responding to that opportunity requires the further education sector to put the suitable courses and facilities in place - as we have done here at the world-class Canolfan STEM.

But that is only part of the answer. Events like CodiSTEM are absolutely crucial to engage with young people and to motivate them to consider STEM-related careers at an early stage.

Funded by the Welsh Government, CodiSTEM was organised in partnership with Careers Wales and attended by employers from all over North Wales who offer jobs in civil engineering, construction, technology and other STEM industries.

Speaking at the event, Gwenda Roberts from Careers Wales said:

CodiSTEM is a really important event as it brings together young people, the FE sector and employers in a fun and interactive environment.

We're here today to talk to young people about their career aspirations, specifically in relation to STEM subjects. After the event we hope that they'll be inspired and enthused about all the future opportunities for them locally in North Wales and further afield.

Bethan McCrohan from Babcock International Group attended the event to share information with young people and help them understand what is involved in working within a STEM industry. She said:

It's really important for us to get involved in CodiSTEM - we work in the local area, employ local people and really want to encourage young people to consider working in engineering as they make important education and training choices.

Having a skilled workforce is vital for companies like ours, and promoting STEM subjects early on is key to making sure that we have those skills locally in the future.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai are currently recruiting for STEM, and other courses, across all sites from September 2019. To find out more go to:https://www.gllm.ac.uk/

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