A new case study from Cyfenter has been published and G2G Communities CIC would like to thank Cyfenter/Menter Mon and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the initial funding of the LEGO ® Education Innovation Studio.
NORTH WALES INNOVATION CENTRE / LEGO ® Education Innovation Studio
Established in 2010 G2G (Good to Great) Communities CIC works with a range of third sector partners to deliver training and education to those furthest away from the labour market in some of the highest areas of deprivation in North Wales.
Cyfenter funding is being used to develop a LEGO ® Education Innovation Studio in Rhyl, which will be open to the local community, schools, colleges, individuals, corporate clients and visitors to the area. The LEGO ® EIS will be based in the new North Wales Innovation Centre at the newly refurbished Bee and Station Business Centre and will offer individuals and other social/third sector enterprises the chance of developing their ideas to strengthen their businesses and create further employment.
LEGO ® will be used within the community to develop skills and competence in Science; Technology; Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subject areas. STEM has been recognised as a priority area by the Government and research has shown that there is a shortfall of 40,000 STEM qualified individuals each year. One critical area of development will be Women into Engineering as only a small number of women think of engineering as a career:
There is a real skills shortage: by 2016, Britain will need to train 96,300 new engineers and scientists just toreplace those who retire. Boosting the number of women working as engineers will play a huge part in changing this. Source: www.guardian.co.uk.