100th Engineers Make It Happen lecture

On Friday February 12th, students from Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, North Wales, got together to celebrate the 100th "Engineers Make It Happen? visiting lecture with Vicki Stevenson, Solar Engineer from the Low Carbon Research Institute in Cardiff.

As part of the Engineers Make It Happen Visiting Lecturer Scheme, which aims to bring the most inspiring success stories from engineering and manufacturing into direct contact with Further Education students, Ms Stevenson gave an in-depth presentation on her work developing solar energy products and techniques including new environmentally friendly construction materials.

Showing the students how to make a hands-on valuable contribution to protecting the planet, Ms Stevenson took questions and answers from the floor, then stuck around to talk through students personal engineering projects. “Engineers Make It Happen‟ is a programme developed by EngineeringUK, formerly Engineering and Technology Board, in order to help schools and Further Education engineering students gain a better understanding of engineering careers and the opportunities they bring.

Engineering student, Thomas Ellis, Gellilydan said: “It‟s important that we learn about renewable energy and hear about new ways of creating energy. I‟m hoping to have a career in engineering so having an opportunity to hear someone like Dr Stevenson is very interesting and an eye opener for us.”

EngineeringUK Manager – Wales, Tony Plews said: “EngineeringUK are delighted to be working closely with Coleg Meirion Dwyfor to inspire engineering students about opportunities in the energy sector. Renewable energy is so important to the future of Wales, and will only be successfully harnessed if we produce the skilled engineers and technicians to make it happen”.

RWE npower renewables' UK managing director, Paul Cowling said: “There is huge scope for engineering skills to make a significant contribution to the future delivery of renewable energy, currently one of the few growing industries in the UK. Research shows that the UK is likely to need 30,000 new employees in the Wind, Wave and Tidal areas by 2020, a significant majority of these roles requiring STEM skills. Therefore, RWE npower renewables encourages initiatives such as this, which promote and encourage our future engineers."

Notes to Editors

EngineeringUK, formerly the ETB, is an independent organisation that promotes the vital contribution of engineers, engineering and technology in our society. EngineeringUK partners business and industry, government and the wider science and engineering community: producing evidence on the state of engineering, sharing knowledge within engineering and inspiring young people to choose a career in engineering, matching employers‟ demand for skills. For more information about EngineeringUK please visit

Engineers Make It Happen
“Engineers Make It Happen‟ is run in partnership with local businesses, teachers and lecturers, policy makers, professional engineering organisations and education, skills and careers organisations. 'Engineers Make It Happen' aims to help improve the supply of skilled engineers and technicians to meet business and industry's needs.

RWE npower renewable
RWE npower renewables is one of the largest developers and operators of renewable energy projects in Wales and the UK. In December 2009, the company officially marked the completion of Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm, in North Wales, the largest operating renewable energy scheme in Wales.

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