UWTSD’s Construction Wales Innovation Centre was delighted to welcome 70 pupils from local schools to take part in a day of civil engineering fun, learning and a bridge building challenge as part of the ICE Wales Cymru Engineering Team Challenge.
The event, one of a number being held across the country, helped celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Wales.
ICE Wales Cymru worked with CWIC, CITB Wales, CIOB Wales, Tidal Lagoon Power, CECA, Careers Wales, Regional Learning and Skills Partnership South West & Mid Wales, Atkins and Dawnus to help organise the event on November 8.
The event included talks by Professor Michael Fernando, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at UWTSD and Ioan Jenkins, Development Director at Swansea’s Tidal Lagoon.
CWIC Director Gerald Naylor said: “CWIC was delighted to host this exciting event for the first time at the new CWIC Hub and it was clear the school pupils not only enjoyed the experience but learnt a lot about the civil engineering industry and the range of job roles.”
Luke Cook, event organiser said: “I was delighted to help facilitate an event that demonstrates the commitment of the construction industry in Wales to developing and nurturing those young people who will shape the industry for years to come. It was also especially heartening to see the significant number of girls who participated in the day, suggesting that old preconceptions are being challenged by both the industry and educational institutions.”
The year 9 students from Bishop Gore, Bishop Vaughan, Morriston, Llangatwg and Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensives, Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera and Ysgol Gyfun Hirwaun also got some hands on experience during a tour of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering in the University’s new IQ building.
CWIC is a landmark agreement between the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and a consortium led by UWTSD supporting future workforce needs, skills development and innovation in the Welsh construction sector.
The new centre, which opened last month in SA1, provides state-of-the-art facilities and training for individuals and construction companies, with CITB investing £6.5m. The CWIC hub is home to a ConstructZone, classrooms, dedicated IT suites and conference facilities. A dedicated scaffolding training facility will also be sited close by.