2020 apprentice recruitment launched and we are keen to champion girls in engineering
Updated: Jun 5, 2020
Engineering apprentices are a valuable part of our business, we invest a vast amount of time and effort in developing young individuals who have aspirations to achieve whilst gaining a qualification.
During the annual recruitment process each year we notice the small number of girls who apply for engineering apprenticeship roles. During our 2019 engineering apprenticeship recruitment program we were disappointed to see that out of more than 30 applicants only 2 girls applied, we can only assume this is down to the stigma around engineering and that even today there is the perception that’s it’s a man’s job.
We are keen to champion girls in engineering and believe there is not enough female role models in our industry and more needs to be done in schools and with parents to educate about the many different jobs it covers.
Tanya Westenraad is a prime example of how girls can have a successful career in engineering. Her journey started when she joined PA as a mechanical design engineer apprentice, at the age of 18. We supported her through her training and she completed her degree in Mechanical Engineering and now Tanya is the design team leader with responsibility for new machine designs.
Tanya commented… “In this day and age I think it’s fantastic that woman can be a part of Engineering. I completed a 4 year (AMEA) Advanced Modern Engineering Apprenticeship with PA and was very fortunate to be supported by the company to complete a 4 year part time B.ENG (Hons) Degree in Mechanical Engineering after that. Working whilst learning really helped to apply the theory in reality, gaining experience at the same time as a time served engineer. I could not recommend it enough for anyone considering engineering as a job, to have the support and training of qualified people is a fun & fantastic learning environment.”
The apprentice scheme offered is IMechE approved and enables apprentices to achieve an Engineering Technician (EngTech) qualification. This allows young men and women to study for a recognised qualification whilst earning. On completion they are then encouraged to continue with their higher education and continue to study to HND (level 5) or undertake a degree qualification (e.g.B Eng(Hons) in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering). We have many individuals, men and women who have successfully graduated.
We have trained more than 100 apprentices since the scheme started over 30 years ago with former apprentices now holding director, management and team leader roles in the business today. We are hoping to see more girls during the application process this year.
For more information about our apprenticeship schemes, please contact Dorothy Wainscott firstname.lastname@example.org.