Skills Cymru

Newport Wafer fab - Young People In STEM

Newport Wafer Fab is a business with over 30 years’ experience in designing developing and manufacturing semiconductor devices (Microchips) that are used in a range of industries such as the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors.

Our ‘state of the art’ offices and manufacturing facility are set on a 28-acre landscaped site in Newport next door to the Statistics and Patent offices just off junction 28 of the M4.Newport Wafer Fab Logo

The importance of STEM and training young people in digital skills, as we know whatever career path young people choose to follow STEM subjects will be fundamental to pursue a career in technology.

Our manufacturing processes are complex and involve a combination of science (physics and chemistry) and engineering to ensure that we can manufacture semiconductor devices on advanced machinery and equipment. Thirty percent of our workforce are involved in engineering technical roles whether that be in process and product design and development or in the maintenance and improvement of the manufacturing equipment that keeps our facility and production activities running or in the management of the IT infrastructures that supports our business.

STEM subjects are therefore key to us and we are able to offer a range of technical and engineering   career paths for our employees and the company actively supports further learning and development across all areas of the business.

What your company is doing to close the gap between businesses and education

We are actively involved in a range of initiatives working with Further Education, Higher Education and other bodies such EESW to ensure that we close the gap between our industry and the education providers.

A recent example is our work with Techniquest where we are to helping them to design and develop a display that easily explains the science and technology that goes into our industry sector and hopefully bring to life the opportunities that STEM subjects bring to young people with an interest in this area.

Why your company is attending Skills Cymru?

We are attending Skills Cymru as we would like to raise awareness of the opportunities in Science and Technology that exist right here in Wales.

What are your opportunities for young people – e.g. apprenticeships, work placements, graduates, placements etc.

We have a range of opportunities arising in the coming year including both technical apprenticeships and graduate opportunities for September 2019.  We also regularly provide work experience opportunities at our site as well as undergraduate and PhD placements.