Engineering students from Pwllheli and Dolgellau campuses visited three very different sites recently, all chosen to provide a setting which would expand the students' understanding of the engineering industry, and to help them decide what they might do as a career in the future.
The group received a warm welcome at the first site, Trawsfynydd Power Station in the Snowdonia National Park, and staff gave them a tour of the site and answered the students' questions about their roles. The site has been selected by engineering giant Rolls Royce as a likely location for them to build the UK's first small nuclear power station and, as a result of this there could be up to 600 more jobs created in the area. Many of the students who visited the power station are likely to seek work there, or at similar sites in the future, so having the chance to walk around and ask the staff questions was invaluable to them.
The students then went on to visit one of the world's top three manufacturers of construction equipment, JCB. Whilst at the manufacturer's headquarters in Staffordshire the students learned about the iconic brand's history at the JCB museum and were taken through the assembly line in the factory. They were shown the assembly process of the JCB backhoe from start to finish and were allowed to ask questions at the end of the tour.
Finally, for all students hoping to make it in the motor industry, the group also paid a visit to the car manufacturer Toyota, in Deeside. This provided an opportunity for learners to view the production side of car manufacturing and to find out more about the industry on the whole.
Each organisation was chosen by CMD staff to help broaden the students' minds as to what is possible after leaving college. Engineering qualifications can take an individual all over the world, although, it was a comfort to some on the course to see that there are also employment opportunities nearby if they preferred to stay closer to home.
For more information about the engineering courses available at Grwp Llandrillo Menai, visit gllm.ac.uk/engineering.