Spark their imagination; power their future is an exciting new initiative from the UKESF and CSA Catapult, with the support of Innovate UK, to encourage more young people, aged 15-18, in Wales to consider a career in Electronics and semiconductors. Schools in Wales can participate in the programme for free, no costs involved. 

The Spark their imagination; power their future programme includes:

  • Teaching resources and online learning
  • Teacher training and Professional Development
  • One day events at universities/colleges in Wales
  • Career days
  • Financial/career support (Welsh Sparc Award)

Further details about the programme can be found below. 


The aim of the programme is to: improve attainment in STEM subjects; to encourage more young people in Wales to consider an undergraduate degree in Electronics and semiconductors; demonstrate the fantastic career opportunities the Electronics industry can offer; raise awareness of the importance of semiconductors and how they will underpin future technologies.

To find out more please contact [email protected]

If your school is interested in taking part in the programme, please register your interest.


Demystifying Semiconductors: Exploring the Technology behind modern Electronics

***FREE*** one-day events for year 10, 11 & 12 students from secondary schools in Wales, to explore the world of electronics and demystify semiconductors. The events will be hosted by Welsh universities or colleges.

During the day, participants will find out more about Electronics and studying the subject at university level. There will also be a ‘hands on’ introduction to microcontrollers, guided tours and opportunities to speak with current students & teaching staff.

Cardiff Metropolitan University – Monday 24 June 2024

Click here to book places for your students

SOLD OUT! University of South Wales (Pontypridd campus) – Wednesday 3 July 2024

Aberystwyth University – Wednesday 25 September 2024.

Click here to book places for your students


Guides for the Arduino microcontroller kits:

Career Days

For the school year 2024/25, CSA Catapult will invite year 11/12 students from secondary schools in Wales to visit their impressive headquarters in Newport to learn about the world of Electronics and semiconductors, how Electronics impacts our life and where semiconductors can be found in many of today’s cutting-edge consumer products.

During these sessions, students will get the opportunity to visit CSA Catapult state-of-the art lab facilities and speak to employees about their day-to-day activities.

More details coming soon!


Welsh Sparc Award

Nominations for the Welsh Sparc Award are now closed! 

Awarded to 24 talented students, from Wales, who are starting their undergraduate studies in the academic year 2024/25 for a degree in Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Physics at any university in Wales or a UKESF partner university across the UK.

A £1,000 bursary in the first year of study.

A further bursary of £1,500 to cover learning & development activities during the student’s degree.