Raising Aspirations: Women in Engineering
Students were given the opportunity to attend the Women in Engineering Day at Exeter College on Friday 10th February. The event was open to female students in Year 9 and 10, with the aim of the event to promote construction trades as a viable career for women.
This unique event was aimed at introducing girls to the employment opportunities in the construction industry and highlight some of the careers they could aim for such as architect, civil engineer, quantity surveyor, plumber, electrician, carpenter and many more. Construction is no longer a male only industry and women can aim for the very top positions. The students had the opportunity to try practical workshops in civil engineering, bricklaying, carpentry or painting and decorating at the industry standard construction training centre at Sowton. There were also current female students on hand to help out and talk about their own experiences learning these trades.
“On the trip I mostly enjoyed making a wooden photo frame because it was simple and it actually looks really good. Not only that, but now I don’t mind wood work as much.” Collen Wilcox
“On the Women in Engineering trip I mostly enjoyed the electrician bit.” Lily Dunn
“I had an amazing day at Exeter College. It confirmed that I wanted to do engineering in the forces (RAF) when I am older. My favourite parts were crushing the concrete block and making the wooden picture frames.” Paige Hooper
“I had a great time at Exeter College as it gave me the opportunity to see what it would be like to do engineering. My favourite activity was the carpentry as it allowed me to try something new. Overall I thought it was a good day and very worthwhile.” Louse Harris
“I enjoyed my time at Exeter College. As well as showing us the opportunities we have and how we are no longer restricted it showed us the amazing facilities on offer in the future and how we can expand our education. Overall it was a great, fun day.” Alice