Four Swansea University students have joined WEPA UK at our Bridgend site for six months in industry, as part of their fourth year studies. This intake marks the seventh year that we have partnered with the university, allowing students to apply their learning to real-world manufacturing challenges.
We are delighted to have Henry Hoddinott, Blue Bishop, Jack Smith and Phillip Thomas with us this year, who are all studying chemical engineering. During their time with us they will be taking part in projects involving paper quality, water usage and customer relations.
At WEPA UK we think it’s important to contribute to the education of local students who will be the engineering leaders of tomorrow. We provide them with the opportunity to do hands-on work, carry out real tasks and be exposed to actual chemical engineering practices, giving them invaluable experience for their future careers. The students’ work with us will culminate in delivering an industrial report and presentation to the WEPA UK team in May.
Students are always treated as employees while they are with us and we find that each year we benefit from the knowledge and fresh perspectives that they bring to the role and the work. This scheme is essential for transferring specialist skills within the region and we will continue to support it, welcoming many more intakes in the years to come.