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Engineering a workforce for the future

Engineering activities for all age groups are now on the curriculum for pupils at a Newport school thanks to its partnership with a major engineering company.

Newport High School and Costain Engineering today officially launch a Business Class partnership to highlight how a future in engineering might be a viable option for the school’s youngsters.  Business Class is a programme which matches schools and businesses so that they can work together for mutual benefit. The launch takes place at the school today (28 February, 2 – 4pm) and will be attended by the Chief Executive of Newport City Council Will Godfrey and its Cabinet Member for Education and Young People Cllr. Debbie Wilcox, along with school staff and governors.

A whole range of engineering-related activities such as the building of miniature bridges is planned for all age groups – but the school is also benefiting from the company’s expertise in other areas.  Pupils have, for instance, already created a logo to identify the new partnership with Costain’s Marketing team.

Brian Greaves, Senior Community Relations Manager at Costain, which is responsible for major updates on the Heads of the Valleys road, Brynglas tunnels and work on Junction 28 of the M4, said:

“Costain is delighted to be partnered with Newport High School and, whilst still in the early stages of developing areas where we can best interact, there have been some great developments around the branding and launching of the new arrangements. The outlook for the partnership looks really positive”.

Karyn Keane, Headteacher at Newport High School, welcomed the collaboration, saying:

Newport High School has only recently embarked on this exciting partnership with Costain and we are looking forward to continuing to develop a range of exciting projects in collaboration with them”. 

Matt Appleby, Director of Business in the Community Cymru, said:

“This is an excellent and very tangible example of Business Class in action.  It is important and inspiring that Engineering is promoted to young people as a career choice which is within their reach.  A major company is going into a school, raising students’ aspirations through bringing engineering-related activities to life for them and helping them understand about the range of exciting roles within the sector. 

Congratulations to Newport High School and Costain on their Business Class partnership”.

Richard Spear, Chief Executive of Careers Wales, added:

“Business Class brings together schools and businesses to help them achieve shared aims and increase young people’s awareness and understanding of the world of work. This partnership between Costain Engineering and Newport High School illustrates perfectly how these relationships work.  There are now 69 schools and 51 businesses across Wales in these partnerships and we are delighted to be working with them, along with our partners BITC Cymru and the Welsh Government, on expanding the scheme further”.