To mark National Women in Engineering Day 2015 on 23rd June, Wiltshire Skills 4 Success have helped to organise 6 female Engineers to go into local schools in Wiltshire to inspire, not only women, but everyone into an Engineering career.
Wiltshire Skills 4 Success has been inspiring the next generation by working with local Wiltshire Businesses; Atkins Global, Qinetiq and Siemens Rail Automation, to arrange Role Model visits into Schools to encourage Wiltshire’s young people to take up a STEM career (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
With STEM skill shortages reported Nationally, and growing sectors in Wiltshire, it has never been a better time to consider a STEM career. Last week, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, Abbeyfield School, Hardenhuish School, Devizes School and Melksham Oak, all received visits from female engineers with further visit is planned for St. Edmunds happening before the end of term.
Around 250 students have so far experienced a visit from an Engineering Role Model, and the feedback from the local Schools has been very positive.
James Stewart, Careers Coordinator at Abbeyfield School who received a visit from Yewande Gbadegsin from Siemens, said the students “appreciated talking to someone who has “been there and done it”. A couple of students also stated how enthused they are about going forward with their studies and having Yewande as a role model they can aspire to be like when they are older.”
Kerry Hall, careers co-ordinator at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy said: "Helen Kellaway from Siemens provided a really technically simple, but accurate picture of life as a systems engineer with Siemens. Her passion for her job was apparent. "She provided the students with information about 'alternative' routes into the engineering industry and the huge number of opportunities available. Excellent!" One girl student in Year 9 at the academy said: "I didn't think it was going to be interesting but it was, especially because it showed how many opportunities are available in a very small sector."
For more information on National Women in Engineering Day 2015, please read the Wiltshire Times Article or view the video below of Helen Kellaway’s visit from Siemens, speaking at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy and visit the National Women in Engineering Day’s website.