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Students’ engineering skills in action in final assessments

Students showed they have the skills for future careers in engineering after completing a service on a 126cc Briggs and Stratton 4-stroke petrol engine as part of their final assessments with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

The students, from Ysgol Glan y Môr, Ysgol Eifionydd and Ysgol Botwnnog, have been studying the Level 2 qualification in General Engineering at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor’s Hafan campus in Pwllheli, alongside their GCSE courses.

After completing their assessments for this year’s Engineering Maintenance module, they have now returned to their respective schools to complete their GCSEs.

Emlyn Evans, program leader for the 14-16 schools engineering provision at Hafan Pwllheli, hopes many will be inspired to return to Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor to develop their knowledge, after several of last year’s cohort did the same.

He said: “It’s been a good year for our 14-16 cohort. Many of our learners this year have performed very well and shown a good aptitude towards a future career in engineering.

“We look forward to welcoming those who want to develop their engineering skills further back to Hafan next year. We would like to wish all the learners the very best of luck in their upcoming GCSE examinations and hope they achieve their best potential to reach their next step into the world of work or further education.”

Last year, Gethin, Daniel and Loui were among the 14-16 cohort from the same schools. This year they have expanded their knowledge after continuing onto the Level 3 Enhanced General Engineering course at the Hafan campus in Pwllheli and the CAMDA campus in Dolgellau.

Having completed their basic service as part of the Level 2 qualification last year, this year the Level 3 students built on their knowledge by completing a full service of the same engine. This was their final assignment in the maintenance of mechanical equipment, which also incorporated problem-solving techniques in order to enhance their skill set.

Gethin said: "When I was studying the Level 2 in General Engineering at Hafan as part of my GCSEs, I had my first experience of learning about the internal combustion engine and carrying out a service on it safely and successfully.

“A year on, I am now following the Level 3 Enhanced Engineering course at Hafan, where I have gained 150 hours of work experience in a local garage and extended my knowledge about engines and how to approach a problem.

“I enjoy the practical learning tasks which the tutors give to test and extend our knowledge. In my final assessment this year I was much more confident in carrying out maintenance on the engine and the fuel system and using my problem-solving skills that I learned from the garage to service the engine.”

Joining the BTEC Level 3 students were apprentices from Trains for Wales who also follow the Level 3 apprenticeship route in General Engineering at the Dolgellau campus.

For more information about the 14-16 provision, Level 3 Enhanced Engineering or Level 3 apprenticeships, please contact Emlyn Evans:

For more information on Engineering courses available at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, please click here.