skillscymru 2017

“There are so many jobs in engineering & technology, not just the first ones that come to mind”

Young people from across Wales were educated and inspired by the opportunities available in the Welsh technology industry thanks to the presence of ESTnet members at SkillsCymru in Cardiff on October 11-12.

The ESTnet NG Technology Zone drew thousands of children to the stand across the two days where they were able to learn more about coding, analytics, intellectual property, compound semiconductors and the latest in audio visual technology thanks to the 10 cutting-edge employers that took part.

Feedback from attendees gives a refreshing insight in to the expectations of young people and their appreciation of the scope of the tech industry in Wales and what they need to do to be part of it. Comments about what they’d learned included:

“The capabilities of software engineering”

“Really opened up what we can do in the future”

“I learnt a lot about geographical mapping”

‘What happens when you scan a QR code”

“Computer chips in most phones are made in south Wales”

“That drones can be controlled by a mobile device”

“The computer science industry has more variety than I thought”

“There are many jobs involving technology”

“Lasers help make new technology”

“How coding can improve the future tremendously”

“Orange make great batteries. Acid power”

“There is a huge variety of different disciplines to work in”

“It's widened horizons to different jobs available”

Take a look at our video of a fantastic two days to get a flavour of what went on:

Many thanks to all who took part in what was an invaluable event to inform and persuade the next generation to pursue a career in technology in Wales. Thanks to:


  • General Dynamics
  • IQE
  • Sony UK Technology Centre
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • Yard Digital
  • Codez
  • Digital Profile
  • DevopsGuys
  • Method4
  • Cardiff University


Thanks also to the Welsh Government for their support.