BSC Back Bright Electronic Engineering Career

BSC are pleased to be involved in a collaborative initiative with Gower College that aims to ease the transition between Education and Employment for its students.

As a local Company, we were impressed with the calibre of both the College’s Engineering and Electronic facilities and the quality of learning that was being provided to students, practically on our doorstep. However, when we opened our doors to provide a Work Release Placement, we had no idea that we were supporting an award winning student who has a very promising career ahead of him.

17-year-old Corey Nixon has won a series of awards and been described as a College role model. He has won the Skills Competition Wales industrial Electronics Contest, a major achievement for a learner of his age and led the Gower College Swansea team to victory in the Engineering Education Scheme Wales’ best working solution project.

In addition, Corey hopes to go on to represent the college in the World Skills UK Industrial Electronics final and to win a place in the UK squad for the next round of the global competition.

His interest in electronics began at the age of 14 when he joined Gower College Swansea and achieved a GCSE A grade in the subject. He was also in the first group of Welsh learners to complete the Digital Home Technology Integrator Audio Video and Networks Level 2 course, which he passed with flying colours.

David Cranmer, Gower College Swansea’s Learning Area Manager nominated Corey for the VQ Learner of the Year Award which is about recognising and celebrating success. VQ Awards shine a spotlight on the quality, variety and diversity of vocational qualifications and the talent and commitment of individuals who have gone on to achieve notable success using their qualifications. David described him as “an excellent role model” who supports all college activities”.

Tony Martin, Electrical Operations Manager at Building Services Controls (BSC), praised Corey’s contribution to the manufacturing team “You only have to show him a task once and he is engaged straight away and completes work to an excellent standard, there is no doubt that he will have a very good career in the field of electronic engineering”.

Tim Jones, Director of BSC, also praised the College for this collaborative initiative which is successfully linking local employers with skilled students. “This initiative brings benefits to both students and businesses alike and as a local employer I am encouraged that the College is committed to bridging the gap between the learning and the work place environment. This is just one of a number of initiatives that have provided Gower College and BSC with the opportunity to work together in recent months and we look forward to continuing and developing this relationship in the future”.

See Cory's VQ Learner of the Year Finalist 2014 video below:

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