IOM3 builds links with Ebbw Vale schools and industry

19 Dec 2017

Above: Staff and students at Coleg Gwent with Martin Cox and Mel Warrender. 

President of IOM3 Martin Cox and Membership Development Manager Sarah Boad visited Ebbw Vale in November, to hear about a successful student placement at Tata Port Talbot in October. Two students from the local FE college, Chris Harris and Jordan Thomas, were sponsored by IOM3 to undertake the placement for 10 days. They have been given free student membership of IOM3.

They visited The Works museum, which is run by volunteers from the Ebbw Vale Metallurgical and Historical Society (EVMHS) and Coleg Gwent, the local FE college. Mel Warrender, Chair and Past President of the EVMHS, joined Martin and Sarah on their visit.

Martin Cox said ‘Ebbw Vale has a tremendous history, heritage and retained knowledge of materials and materials related processing industries; it has taken foresight and vision to come to terms with the cessation of steel production evidenced by preservation of its past and investment in education.’

IOM3 is looking to support Ebbw Vale as it builds links with companies, bodies and institutions that will contribute to further creating and promoting opportunities for Blaenau Gwent.

The Tata steel student placement initiative may have been on a small scale, but successful completion of the pilot opens the way to its future expansion, and early exposure to industry for students as they consider their career options.

I would like to thank staff at Tata Port Talbot, staff and students at Coleg Gwent and EVMHS for their assistance in putting these placements together and I look forward to working with everyone again in 2018 as we put together a scheme for more placements next year.