Aspiring engineers have been given a chance to witness what life is like working for one of the most prestigious companies in the automotive world, Aston Martin.
Since the end of June, TRJ was appointed by Aston Martin Lagonda to assist in the conversion of the Superhanger at the Aerospace Business Park in St Athan and has been closely working with local schools.
Pupils were able to join in a ‘bridge building exercise’ promoting the benefits of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects and the construction and engineering industries.
Alison Rees, Business Development & Community Liaison Manager for TRJ said, “This is a great opportunity for both companies to demonstrate what they have to offer, especially to the pupils of local schools who would be considering apprenticeships in the near future.
“We were extremely grateful to pupils and teachers at Cowbridge Comprehensive who gave us a warm welcome when we visited the school to deliver two sessions of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Bridge to two groups of pupils, showcasing the dynamics of Civil Engineering. We look forward to future opportunities with Cowbridge and other schools in the area.”
Since Aston Martin Lagonda’s decision to choose Wales as the main location for the manufacturing of its new DBX crossover vehicle, TRJ has been playing an active part in ensuring the community benefits of this landmark economic development project are felt throughout the local area.
Welsh Government will also be supporting TRJ, facilitating a ‘meet the buyer day’ where local trades and suppliers will be encouraged to make themselves known to TRJ, the main contractor to Aston Martin, allowing the local supply chain to be further extended.
Economy Secretary, Ken Skates said, “I’m pleased that Aston Martin and one of their key suppliers at St Athan have engaged with the local community and are now making an important contribution to the education of our young people and their understanding of industry.
“The future prosperity of Wales depends not only on the success of companies like Aston Martin but also on building the skills we need to support a vibrant economy.
“We, along with Aston Martin, are committed to making St Athan a world leading manufacturing facility, by producing cars that Wales can be proud of. This investment in our economic infrastructure will be key to us achieving this goal.”
Lessons in bridge building: Between the two Aston Martin cars are Mark Trinder, Team Leader at the Aston Martin Training Academy; Debra Thomas, Head Teacher of Cowbridge High School; Richard Burgum, Senior Leader of Achievement Years 10 and 11 Cowbridge Comprehensive School and Alison Rees, Business Development and Liaison Manager for TRJ.