Girls from across Suffolk and Norfolk attended the interactive workshop at St Benedict’s Catholic School, Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday to meet female role models from the worlds of science, engineering and technology.
1 December 2014
"I thought that electrical engineering was just repairing wires but it is much more interesting than that."
"I will tell my friends that there is a lot more to engineering than people think."
The event was sponsored by UK Power Networks in partnership with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) to help kick-start interest from young women to help fill the looming skills gap in the industry.
There was an opportunity for the girls to look at some of the network equipment the role models work on and with, including interactive activities to demonstrate key principles – for example getting the chance to configure a digger to score a goal.
One of those who really benefited from speaking to the role models was 17-year-old Elisa Barber, from Thurston. She said: “I am very interested in mechanical or electrical engineering. I would particularly like to work with power and renewables. I came to discover more about the different routes into engineering and it has been really useful in that respect.”
Helen Wain, UK Power Networks’ category manager, was the brains behind the event and one of the 20 female role models. She began her engineering career in the automotive industry and designed the power steering system which Jaguar is still using today.
She said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the phenomenal support and response from the girls who attended, the schools that enabled them to attend and the representative of the businesses which they could be working for in years to come.”
At WISE we believe it is essential that young girls have the opportunity to meet female role models from the industry to allow them to make an informed choice about the diverse career opportunities available to them. We are proud of our partnership with UK Power networks in helping us create this unique event at St Benedict’s Catholic School, Bury St Edmunds,that allows parents & teachers to get involved which is key to empowering girls with the impetus to pursue their passions. As one parent summed up "I feel inspired to support my daughter in her choice of engineering".