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Innovations Awards

"A celebration of Welsh Design & Technology, recognising and rewarding the next generation of innovators"

The Innovation Awards is a prestigious competition and an interactive showcase and for the most innovative project work at GCSE and A level Design and Technology. We are working in conjunction with Welsh Government's Department of Economy Science and Transport to encourage young people in Wales to be technologically innovative and appreciate the importance of design and technology.

Awards Ceremony 2017
Students, teachers and parents from schools and colleges across the country will gather at the Senedd to find out the winners of the best inventions in the A level, AS level and GCSE categories. The ceremony will be held on the 11th of December and will be attended by Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Gareth Pierce, WJEC Chief Executive.

Innovation Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the winning students and their centres in the categories for GCSE, AS, A level, Creativity, IP and CAD/CAM.

For the GCSE, AS and A level categories, the prizes are:


£250 for the winning student and £150 for the centre


£150 for the winning student and £125 for the centre


£100 for the winning student and £100 for the centre

All students whose work is selected for the showcase, along with their centre, will receive an official certificate recognising their achievement.

Entries are now closed

Exhibition Days

The event will give industrialists, teachers and students the opportunity to see the best work of students aged 16 – 18 in Wales. The most innovative projects of 80 students at GCSE, AS and A level will be showcased and team of distinguished judges will select a winner at each level as well as an overall winner.

There is something for everyone at this year's Innovation Awards. Students can attend short seminars/talks on important aspects of design and innovation, meet representatives from Industry and Higher Education. There is also an opportunity and enhance their knowledge by analysing marked A level past paper questions.

There will also be a range of teacher seminars to help teachers prepare students for the new assessment criteria. Teachers are asked to inform the board of their intention to attend any teacher seminar by e-mailing steve.howells@wjec.co.uk and to simply state their name, title, centre name and title and the date and seminar they wish to attend. Please note, booking for student seminars/talks is not required for this event.

Centres are invited to bring students from years 10, 11, 12 and 13 to view exhibition and attend the talks.

A look back at Innovation 2016

Students, teachers and parents from schools and colleges across the country gathered at the Senedd to find out the winners of the best inventions in the A level, AS level and GCSE categories, as well as celebrate the success of the runners-up who showcased their creations.

Cellan Cox, 18, from Llanishen High School in Cardiff scooped the A level prize and overall winner prize for his illuminating bicycle mudguard. While Olivia Johnson, 18, from St David’s College was named best in the AS level category for her 3D printed modular storage connectors. Winning in the GCSE category was Joseph Ringrose from St John Baptist School in Aberdare who presented his washing line rain warning device.

View our Facebook page to catch a glimpse of last year's entries.

Thoughts from 2015

"The awards are a fantastic way of recognising and celebrating the success of our students in Wales. We were overwhelmed by the standard of entries this year and would like to congratulate our award winners for their outstanding work."

- Steve Howells, WJEC Design and Technology Subject Officer

"The idea for my Gas to Go carbonator came from my frustration with that last bit of coke in the bottle always being flat. I was keen to invent a product that would bring the fizz back, and also put fizz into drinks which were never fizzy in the first place."

- Oliver Stokes, Overall 2016 winner

“The Innovation Awards recognises the very best in creativity and design amongst the many talented students we have in Wales. Encouraging innovation is one of the best ways in which we can ensure a strong, sustainable economic future for Wales. I congratulate all those who have taken part in the competition and it is very encouraging to see such a high standard of entries on this year’s shortlist."

- Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport

Contact Us

For competition enquiries:

Steve Howells – DT Subject Officer
029 2026 5017

For sponsorship enquiries:

Jonathan Thomas - PR Manager
029 2026 5102