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Skills minister backs ECA efforts to encourage young engineers

18 October 2016

Welsh Minister for Skills and Science Julie James AM has supported the efforts of the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) to encourage more young people people into a career in engineering.

While visiting the Skills Cymru exhibition in Cardiff, Minister James said she was "delighted to see how busy the ECA activities stand had been and the association's positive involvement in the event".

The association exhibited alongside other organisations including the Building and Engineering Services Association, JTL, the JIB and four manufacturers.

It is working with the Welsh government to help ensure a robust and effective apprenticeship funding regime is established to encourage more engineering firms to hire young people.

ECA president David Kieft, head of education and training Carolyn Mason, South Wales regional manager Michelle Davies and 2015 ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Michael O'Donovan were at the event.

Ms Davies said this was the first year the ECA had been involved with the Skills Cymru event, generating a "fantastic" response.

"We chatted with both teachers and students to better explain the apprenticeship process and it was such a success that we hope to come again next year," she said.

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