A group of Wales’ leading technology businesses has joined forces at Wales’ largest career event to inspire thousands of young people to realise the exciting digital, engineering and technology careers that exist on their doorstep.
ESTnet (the network for Wales’ technology sector) members from both electronic and software technology sectors donated their time, expertise and equipment to create the fully interactive ESTnet Next Generation Technology Zone at SkillsCymru.
By taking the initiative to address the nationwide skills gap head-on, the ESTnet and its participating members capitalised on the opportunity to meet with more than 7000 young people and over 500 teachers from across Wales.
ESTnet managing director, Avril Lewis, said: “It is vital that our industry works to raise its profile and reach out to young people to promote the career opportunities in areas that can create wealth for Wales’ economy.
“Though many young people don’t realise it, the technology industry in Wales is thriving and there are many quality jobs available. This is not their fault, we as an industry must do more to engage and switch on this next generation to the exciting and dynamic careers which exist here. We must demonstrate why we value STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills.”
During the two day event in Cardiff, students attending the ESTnet Next Generation stand experienced first-hand the challenges and potential a career in the technology industries offers.
This included opportunities to test out the armoured vehicle simulator provided by General Dynamics, discover augmented reality via Sony UK Technology Centre’s green screen, and participate in a ‘live hack’ simulation provided by the secure cloud experts at Alert Logic.
The full list of ESTnet members to exhibit on the Next Generation stand included, Accelero Digital, Alert Logic, DevOpsGuys, Yard Digital, SPTS, IQE, Method 4, Technocamps, General Dynamics UK, Axiom Manufacturing Services, KSR Electronic Systems, Sony UK Technology Centre, Occupassion, and the Alacrity Foundation.
Thanks to the wide range of hands on activities and state-of-the-art technology on offer, the interactive tech-zone was one of the busiest attractions of the event.
This month also sees entries close for the 2016 ESTnet Awards. The Awards stand to celebrate excellence in the electronics and software technologies industry in Wales. Welsh businesses have until Friday 20th November to submit their entries.
There are a total of eight categories in the award programme including: The Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start-up Award, Young Engineer of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Industry Role Model of the Year, Innovative Software Package or Application of the Year, Innovative Product of the Year, Collaborative Partnership of the Year and Company of the Year Award.