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News: Women choos­ing engineering

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Inter­na­tion­al Women in Engi­neer­ing Day takes place on 23 June every year. It is designed to high­light the amaz­ing careers in engi­neer­ing and tech­ni­cal roles for women, and allows us to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of out­stand­ing women engineers.

We spoke to some of our female engineering students to see what college life is like

Bria Edgley-Green

A student being taught about a machine by a teacher
How did you get into engineering? 'I finished school and then did one year of A levels, but it just didn’t suit me, so I did some research and decided to apply for an engineering course at Central College Nottingham. After doing a Level 2 course I chose the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering as it’s equivalent to three A levels, and I wanted the UCAS points so I can do a university-level course.' How have you found your training as a young woman in engineering? 'As a girl, people make a big deal out of it as there aren’t that many girls going into engineering, which is a real shame, but once you’re there, it’s fine!' Do you have any advice for other girls hoping to study Engineering? 'If you’re smart enough there’s no reason not to apply for engineering no matter whether you are male or female – it’s like a male hairdresser, it’s about skills. It’s only natural to feel nervous about stereotypes but that shouldn’t be a reason not to do something you love.' What made you want to study at college? 'The staff here focus on what you’re going to do next more than the staff at my school did, for example telling us about HNDs and apprenticeships. Employers come in to talk to us about careers and apprenticeships too. The facilities are good, for example the welding facilities are not something I’d have had at school.'

Amy Warren

A student smiling in front of a building

How did you get into engineering?

I’ve always been inter­est­ed in engi­neer­ing and how things work, and so the BTEC Extend­ed Diplo­ma at Cen­tral was the right choice for me.’

How have you found your train­ing as a young woman in engineering?

Com­ing to col­lege was the best route for me, because I find the learn­ing more inde­pen­dent – I don’t like being babysat so it works for me! At first, I thought I might strug­gle with it being so inde­pen­dent, but to be hon­est this type of inde­pen­dence is what you’ll need in a job, so it will help you in your career. Also the staff are great, they’re real­ly helpful.’

Have you had to over­come any barriers?

I’m blind in one eye so I can find it hard to gauge depth and might strug­gle with some things, but it doesn’t stop me from doing any­thing. I also get sup­port at col­lege to help me.’

What are your future plans?

I haven’t decid­ed exact­ly which area I’d like to go into, but at the moment I’m real­ly inter­est­ed in mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing and Com­put­er Aid­ed Design.’

What do you think about women in engineering?

It’s a shame there aren’t more women in engi­neer­ing, I know there’s a short­age cur­rent­ly so there are some good oppor­tu­ni­ties, and real­ly it’s fine! The boys on the course treat you with respect and col­lege is a real­ly good experience.’

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  • 23rd June 2017 (10:59 AM)
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