A student has been building a career in the construction industry after an inspirational school visit.
Former Ysgol Glan Clwyd pupil Morgan Davies visited steel fabricators Evadx as part of a series of educational trips ahead of the school’s £16million extension, which was completed earlier this year.
The extension was jointly funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools Programme with Willmott Dixon being appointed through the North Wales Construction Framework (NWCF).
So far 85% of the £16m procurement spend has been with firms within a 30-mile radius of the school.
The visits are part of a wider collaboration programme between local authorities and contractor partners across North Wales to promote the construction industry as a career.
During his visit to Evadx, Morgan, of Prestatyn, asked to be considered for work experience at the Kinmel Bay firm and was then offered an apprenticeship in the drawing office team, creating 3d steel models using architect and engineer’s drawings.
Morgan, aged 17, said: “During the visit it was great to meet the friendly office staff. Computer aided design (CAD) really interested me along with my existing interest in engineering.
“I’ve always been a very creative person, since a young age I have had a knack for drawing, this creativity lead to me being interested in how things are made.
“I studied engineering at GCSE and have been heavily interested in CAD. This combination of an interest in engineering, creativity, and love for CAD was exactly what Evadx was offering me.
“My family are all very proud. Although I did well in my GCSEs, I have always been a challenging student, especially in school.
“Taking up the post is one of the best decisions I’ve made.”
Beth Griffin, operations director at Evadx, one of the sub-contractors appointed to work on the school extension, said: “It’s important for young people to see for themselves the modern workplace and we’re always keen to welcome students into our factory.
“Morgan completed his work experience and it was clearly evident this was the career path he wanted to follow.”
Morgan is now working towards a range of qualifications and spends some of his time training at Stafford College.
Denbighshire has produced new guidance for businesses, available on its website, to make it easier to be a part of the procurement process and businesses can register online to receive automatic updates when contracts are up for tender.
For more information about procurement visit https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/business/selling-to-the-council/how-to-sell-to-the-council.aspx