Sony UK TEC is celebrating after welcoming 4,159 students through the doors of its world-class Pencoed facility this academic year.
With a total of 149 schools taking part in visits this year, the award-winning factory has increased school visits by 33% on the previous year.
Alongside increasing visits, the manufacturing giant has also placed a huge focus on ensuring the visits are of the best possible quality. As a result, it has received a school visit rating of 10/10.
Recognising the hard work that Sony UK TEC continue to dedicate to education, Careers Wales have previously presented the organisation with a Gold Award at the Valued Partner Awards for its partnership with Bryntirion Comprehensive.
The Bridgend-based school and Sony UK TEC have committed to a long-term partnership that aims to help young people develop skills and knowledge that will support them through school and onto the next stage in their lives.
This collaboration, along with Sony UK TEC’s wider education programme, aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and creative talent. It also provides an opportunity for the business to shape its future workforce by increasing the diversity of applicants and improving access to apprenticeships.
To help develop the technological understanding of the innovators of the future, Sony UK TEC has also put an emphasis on increasing the availability of its coding workshops, hosting 30% more workshops this academic year. These efforts will be continued into next year in a bid to accommodate the 59 schools currently on the waiting list.
The business has also incorporated its education programme into the Japan-UK Season of Culture. At the beginning of this month, the Japanese Ambassador visited the facility, this coincided with a Japanese-themed school visit for the children of Penyfai Primary and Ysgol Plasmawr.
The students had a guided tour of the factory along with calligraphy and origami sessions, concluding their visit with a Japanese language session. Ambassador Tsuruoka also joined the children for an interactive session demonstrating Sony UK TEC’s focus on educating the next generation.
Gerald Kelly, Director of Professional Services at Sony UK TEC, said:
“Seeing so many bright and ambitious students walk through our doors has been an absolute pleasure this year. These young people are our future and it is our responsibility to inspire them and provide them with as many opportunities as possible.
“Organising the Japanese Ambassador’s visit to coincide with the school visit of Penyfai Primary and Ysgol Plasmawr was really special. The children were able to learn about another culture and learn about the links Wales has had with Japan over many years. This will hopefully inspire them to keep these relationships blossoming in the future.”
As part of its commitment to the local community, Sony UK TEC has hosted regular school visits and, since 2012, has opened its doors to over 10,000 children of all ages.