Careers Wales team up with Nissan to inspire next generation of innovators

The next generation of talented young innovators were challenged at a Careers Wales event to encourage STEM careers.  

The event was held in collaboration with Careers Wales, BITC Cymru, Nissan and the Eden Education Centre.

It saw pupils between the ages of 12 and 13, from schools in Caerphilly, paired up with major car company Nissan to build cars of their own that could run on renewable solar energy using Lego.

Business Class is a BITC programme funded in Wales by the Welsh Government and delivered by Careers Wales aimed at forging links between employers and schools.

Following the launch of Nissan’s new electric car: the Nissan LEAF pupils had the chance to see the new car to help inspire their work.

The judges for the event were very impressed with the standard of the work the teams were producing however, the winning team was from Blackwood Comprehensive School which scored the most points for their aerodynamic, solar powered LEGO car, plus they delivered an excellent presentation about what they learnt and displayed great team work skills throughout the day which earned them the most points. 


Graham Bowd, Chief Executive of Careers Wales, said: "By bringing this cluster of schools together, our aim was to provide pupils with the opportunity to learn more about the growing importance of energy efficiency in business and innovation.

"This event gave students the opportunity to engage with a major car company and take part in STEM challenges, drawing their attention to the role of renewable energy in business innovation. 

"Pupils were given the opportunity to ask business professional about their careers and gain a better understanding of the different career paths open to them."

Matt Appleby, Director of Business in the Community Cymru, added: “This event gave pupils the opportunity to engage in activities that were based on practical, real-world experiences, which sums up what Business Class is all about. 

“By allowing pupils to interact with professionals, events like these give pupils a taste of their potential future careers and the issues, such as the need for energy efficiency, that will prove increasingly important in the future business plans.

"Challenges like these encourage pupils to develop many skills, including teamwork, communication and problem solving, which are all transferrable skills that will prove vital workplace." 

The event was supported by Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths.

Cabinet Secretary said: "These partnerships between businesses and schools ultimately benefit young people by enhancing their employability skills, improving their general understanding of future careers and preparing them for the world of work."

"Equipping pupils with these essential skills and providing them with business knowledge is crucial it they are to thrive in their future careers."

Peter Jones, founder of the Eden Education Centre, said: "The Eden Innovation Energy Challenge really pushed these students to think outside the box and what better inspiration to have than the Nissan LEAF, which has proved – brilliantly and consistently – how alternative energies can work on our roads. 

"The students absolutely loved seeing the new car and certainly gained lots of inspiration, particularly from its energy-efficient design."

Careers Wales in an all-Wales service that offers free career advice, tips and guidance to people of all ages looking to enter full or part time employment, work schemes, apprenticeships or gain work experience to further their skills and job prospects.

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