Welsh manufacturing facility Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) has scooped a Gold Award for its work in helping students prepare for their future careers.
The company has won a Valued Partner Award following its involvement in the Careers Wales Education Business Exchange programme.
The Education Business Exchange is designed to help bridge the skills gap between education and employment by bringing schools and businesses together to inform, inspire and motivate young people about their future career opportunities.
From offering work placements, to visiting schools and running mock interviews, the Education Business Exchange programme was launched by Careers Wales in 2018 and now has more than 50 companies on board.
To reward and recognise the companies that have made a significant contribution, Careers Wales will be hosting its first Valued Partner Award ceremony on Monday 26th November from 12-3pm at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
Sony UK TEC has worked with Careers Wales since 2016, in a bid to inspire the next generation of STEM creators and engineers.
As a Valued Partner, Sony UK TEC has worked consistently with Careers Wales to enhance STEM learning and digital literacy skills throughout schools across Wales.
As part of this mission it has delivered numerous engaging educational programmes at its state-of-the-art facility focussing on developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills.
This has included the development of highly successful bespoke creative and coding workshops, which aim to enhance digital literacy through interactive coding sessions. Thanks to its unique approach it has welcomed over 8,000 pupils from over 300 local schools through its doors over the past five years.
In 2016 Sony UK TEC partnered with Careers Wales and Bryntirion Comprehensive School to undertake a long-term partnership under the Business Class banner, which aims to help young people to develop the skills that will support them through school and beyond.
As part of this it has successfully delivered workshops, inspirational talks and work experience opportunities to the pupils.
Over 40 companies from across Wales will be attending the award ceremony, hosted by former BBC news anchor Sara Edwards, where they will find out whether they have secured a bronze, silver or gold award.
Nikki Lawrence, Careers Wales Chief Executive, said: “The Valued Partner Award scheme is instrumental to the work Careers Wales does and we greatly appreciate the support we receive from each and every one of our Valued Partners.
“Ultimately, we’d like employers to feed into the national curriculum to ensure the skills students are developing will be useful to the evolving workplace. Without our Valued Partners, we wouldn’t be able to reach as many students at such a granular level and for that we are very grateful.
“That’s why we decided to host an award ceremony – it’s our chance to give back to our Valued Partners and say thanks. It should be a great event and we hope everyone enjoys.”
Director of Professional Services at Sony UK TEC, Gerald Kelly said: “It is our privilege to have been recognised as part of the Careers Wales Valued Partner Award, which does such fantastic work in supporting the aspirations of the next generation.
“Through our collaboration with Careers Wales we have been able to facilitate STEM learning among numerous pupils across Wales and support them on the path to meaningful and enriching careers.
“It is so vital that young people are given the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to pursue a valuable career, which is why the work of Careers Wales is so important. We are thrilled with the impact we’ve been able to make through our collaboration so far and we look forward to continuing this successful partnership.”
For more information on how to become part of Careers Wales’ Education Business Exchange programme, visit the website www.careerswales.com