Ford Saturday Club- supporting young engineers of the future

Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones is delighted that the Ford Saturday Club continues to go from strength to strength with the Club preparing to celebrate its eighteenth birthday in September. The Club is supported by Ford, the Welsh Government, the Welsh Automotive and Aerospace Forums and run by Control 2K.

The Club which is based at the Waterton Technology Centre in Bridgend, offers a unique opportunity for those students who want to become budding engineers of the future. Students are offered the chance to develop valuable skills working alongside professional engineers in a £4m purpose built training facility next to Ford’s engine plant.

The Club which is open to students aged 14-16 years is extremely popular and over the last eighteen years has attracted hundreds of pupils from 75 schools across South Wales. This year there are 60 applicants competing for the 24 places available. The Saturday Club will run twice a year in both the autumn and spring terms of 2015 and 2016. The autumn programme will commence on Saturday September 19th. Students attend the Club on a Saturday morning where they have an opportunity to develop new skills and get hands on experience. They follow a 12 week programme where they study three modules namely Electrical, Mechanical and Control Engineering. Students who complete the programme can qualify for the CREST Bronze or Silver Awards.

Carwyn Jones AM said “Over the past eighteen years, many budding engineers of the future will have had the opportunity to discover more about a career in engineering. The Club provides a great introduction to those students considering pursuing a career in either electrical or mechanical engineering. It is also good to see that the number of girls taking part in the scheme has risen over the years. During the spring course last year, there were 11 girls who took part in the scheme”.