EESW announces new funding to run pilot projects in 2022

Feb 28, 2022

EESW is pleased to announce its success in receiving £492,350 from the UK Community Renewal Fund to run pilot projects in 2022.

The projects will be run in six local authorities under the Investment in Skills priority, focusing on careers insight and skills required for future roles in STEM.

The Connecting Teachers with Industry project will be run in Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf regions and will create a series of events aimed at teaching professionals of both primary and secondary schools.  Events will expose teachers to the excitement and wonders of manufacturing and engineering and make them aware of the range of innovative and rewarding careers available in the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Creative and Digital and Energy and Environment sectors in the region.

The Transforming Young Minds for Tomorrow Project will give schools the opportunity for primary school pupils in Years 5 and 6 and secondary school pupils in Years 10 and 11 to work collaboratively as part of a digital manufacturing project.  The project will enhance learning experiences across the curriculum with a focus on digital competency, CAD, CAM and digital control.  EESW will provide and deliver the project with full support for both the pupils and teachers involved.  Schools from Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Conwy and Denbighshire will be invited to participate.

Rebecca Davies, EESW CEO said:

“We are delighted to have been successful in these bids under the Community Renewal Fund which will allow EESW to pilot new schemes to raise awareness of local career opportunities and give young people additional skills for the future.  The projects will be innovative and will add value to our current ESF funding as well as extend the age range of participating students.  There is a short timeframe to deliver activity between January and June 2022, so we encourage schools that are interested in the funded regions to engage as early as possible in order to get the maximum benefit and will work with the local authorities to ensure all schools receive the opportunity for support.”

EESW is looking to recruit an enthusiastic individual to join the team to deliver the ‘Transforming Young Minds for Tomorrow’ project in Bridgend County Borough Council and any interested candidates should visit the STEM Cymru vacancies page.