South Wales Ports host school visits to inspire next generation of engineers

July 6, 2018

Image (left to right): Abigail Jones, Apprentice Engineering Technician, Bryony Gundy, Commercial and Communications Coordinator, Julie Freemantle, Apprentice Programme Manager hosting a school visit at the port of Newport

ABP South Wales recently teamed up with Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) to host two ‘Girls into STEM’ visits at the ports of Cardiff and Newport.

The visits were arranged to mark Seafarers Awareness week, an annual celebration run by Seafarers UK, which took place between 23rd and 30th June. The theme of the week for 2018 was Maritime Employment Opportunities, including shore-based jobs, with an emphasis on engineering.

On 25th June, 14 Year 8 pupils from Cardiff High School visited the port of Cardiff and were given an overview of ABP South Wales, a port tour, hands-on engineering challenges to complete, and a Q&A session with a current ABP apprentice. A group of 14 Year 10 pupils from Lliswerry High School also visited the Port of Newport on 28th June and were given the same experience.

Matthew Kennerley, Director, ABP South Wales, said: “Our five ports in South Wales support over 21,800 jobs nationally and cover a range of departments such as Marine, Operations, and Engineering. We hope that the school visits we hosted during Seafarers Awareness Week helped to highlight how exciting and diverse the port environment is, while showcasing the opportunities that are available to the children within their local area.”

ABP South Wales worked with EESW to organise the visits through their ‘Girls into STEM’ programme. The programme connects schools with local companies to allow girls to gain an insight into engineering environments and to consider a career in related areas.

EESW is a non-profit, educational charity that was set up in 1989 to show young people the value of a career in engineering and its importance to the Welsh economy.