Female first year apprentices celebrated National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) on 23rd June by hosting an event for local businesses and community leaders.
National Women in Engineering Day is a day dedicated to raising the profile of the work that women do in engineering and to showcase the great engineering careers that are available for girls. The learners from Nelson-based Training 2000, one of the largest independent training providers in England, marked the occasion by giving a presentation on the importance of encouraging women into engineering careers before unveiling the results of their NWED project, which demonstrates the skills they have learnt so far on their engineering apprenticeships.
The project was to make a replica Typhoon jet with a functioning lighting system. The learners had to go through all of the steps of successful design and project management, before the jet’s lighting elements were tested and it was mounted on to marble for display.
Led by Natasha Greenbury, 19, an engineering student from Grimsby and strong advocate of women in engineering, the group also organised a raffle, with local companies including Sellafield, 3M, ECITB and Express Gifts donating prizes. They managed to raise £114, with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.
Natasha said “I chose the British Heart Foundation as I have a heart condition myself and also because there was a teacher at Training 2000 that sadly passed away at Christmas due to heart problems. I’m really proud to be a female engineer and doing events like this which help to tackle gender stereotyping.”
Dave Tolen, Education and Skills Engineering Manager at Training 2000 concluded: “It is fantastic that there is a day dedicated to highlighting both the positive impact of female engineers and the opportunities out there. I know our female learners have really enjoyed the experience and demonstrating their skills to the outside world.
“In 2012 girls achieved better or equal A* to C GCSE grades compared to boys in all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects except Maths where there was only a 1 percentage point difference, yet only 5.5% of engineering professionals are female. There is a skills shortage looming in engineering, and recruiting more women into the field is one way to tackle that.”