The events were organised by CAMVA - Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s internal agency that supports students in finding work experience, apprenticeships, and setting up their own business.
REHAU UK, Mona Lifting Ltd, FAUN Trackway and Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway were amongst the employers in attendance at Coleg Menai’s event at its campus in Llangefni, where over 100 Engineering students came along to discover the opportunities available to them.
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s partners Babcock International also showcased their Apprenticeship provision to the learners, who even got to hear from two current Babock apprentices about the recruitment process and the day-to-day life of a Babcock apprentice.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway and REHAU UK also visited students at both of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor’s Engineering sites, showcasing the opportunities available to them on their doorstep.
At the events, the employers outlined the work experience positions available, and the progression opportunities available within the competitive Engineering industry.
The work experience opportunities serve as a great chance for learners to gain practical, valuable experience, and to see how the companies operate on a day to day basis.
Learners have also been able to take advantage of employment and interview workshops held by CAMVA’s Employment Trainer, Gerallt, who has been supporting the learners by offering CV advice and developing their communication skills.
Julie Stokes-Jones, Lead Placement Officer for CAMVA at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, said,
“Thanks to all of the employers for coming along to see our learners. The aim of the events were to show our students that there are great employment and progression opportunities within the local area - with companies that will invest in them to ensure that they flourish in their role”
“These work experience placements often lead to learners being offered apprenticeships at the company, so they’re a golden opportunity for them to get their foot in the door and embark on their career journey”.
Gwyn Parry, Production Manager at FAUN Trackway, said,
“We welcomed the opportunity to discuss the projects FAUN Trackway Limited is currently working on, our history and heritage, and to highlight the varying roles we have at the company.
It was encouraging to see so many students attend, in addition to the varying local companies taking on apprentices”.
Chris McPhail, Logistics and Academy Works Assistant at REHAU, said,
“It was great to present a potential pathway to success to the students at both local Colleges. It’s important that they understand that this presents an opportunity to train and work locally whilst being paid from year 2. No need to go into debt or move away from home! What’s not to like about that?”