WISE Technician Award Finalists
Sponsored by The Royal Air Force
Over 1.5 million technicians are employed in the UK working across engineering, science, health and technology. They are integral to overcoming some of the great challenges of the coming years and decades, and yet many career paths are not visible to girls. We want to change this – to show the role model technicians in industry and healthcare as well as those in universities.
The purpose of the Technician Award is to raise the profile of a technician as a career path for girls who want a hands-on practical role. Whether working in a business, a school, a university, a research institution or a hospital – this category highlights female technicians who love what they do and who want to share their story with girls and women who might find their niche as a technician themselves.
Technical Production Manager, Hanson
Well known for: her leadership in promoting diversity in construction
“I am incredibly passionate about concrete and I never thought that I would say that. I never expected myself to be in that industry, but the family culture that’s there, supports you everyday and it’s just an incredible thing to be part of.”
Emily was the first female apprentice to complete the Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) programme at Hanson. She is now undertaking an honours degree in minerals management at the University of Derby, alongside her day job. As well as being a STEM Ambassador, Emily was a guest DJ on Radio 1 to promote diversity in Construction. Her song choices included ‘We built this city’ and ‘Skyscraper’. Emily has been a real ambassador for women in a traditionally very male orientated role. Since Emily joined the technical team within West Concrete, there have been a number of women that now see that they can forge a career within the organisation. Emily is very much seen as a role model for women joining Hanson and developing through the organisation.
Senior Science Technician, Benenden School
Well known for: her commitment to promoting STEM and females in STEM through school
“Getting involved in organising project work in the school, getting universities involved and external companies involved to make sure the girls have an opportunity to learn as much about real life science as possible [is just brilliant].”
Susan has transformed opportunities for girls in her area by organising conferences, workshops, research projects and events alongside her work as a senior technician. Her innovation is clear in her role and her team, but also in her plans for a STEM bus to tour schools that would inspire and educate young people. The number of girls studying STEM subjects at Susan’s school has been steadily rising, and her support has led to the establishment of a society of engineers and an eco society at the school.
Service Technician, AWE
Well known for: her enthusiasm for her job
“Being a technician, it’s an all-in-one, basically. The technicians do a lot of engineering and science-type work, especially in my job role and without us, a company wouldn’t be able to function.”
Stephanie uses her story to provide inspiration to others and shows that engineering can be entered and made into a career at a later stage in life without standard qualifications. Her enthusiasm for her career shows in her mentoring and through her work with local schools. Stephanie works within AWE and aims to influence more women to join apprenticeships programmes.
The winners of the WISE Technician Award will be announced at the WISE Awards, taking place on the 7th November, 2019 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.
If you would like to attend, tickets for the event can be purchased here