More women in Hull are being encouraged to pursue a career in engineering

Published: Wednesday 8th July 2015 by KCFM

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Wilberforce Sixth Form College is hosting an event today to encourage more women into the field.

More women in Hull are being encouraged to consider a career in engineering.

It follows the announcement that Siemens is beginning to advertise jobs for it’s workforce in Hull.

They’re hoping to recruit 1000 people, and ideally want them to be located in the city or nearby areas, or be willing to relocate if they live further away.

Wilberforce Sixth Form College is hosting an event today to inspire women to look at working in the field.

75 schoolgirls will be attending to find out how they would benefit from going into engineering.

Sarah Smith, Centre Manager at Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA), believes it’s a career girls should pursue:

“Engineering will give you lots of choice and lots of variety and actually keep you up to the minute with what’s going on in the world. You’ve also got the opportunity to climb as high as you want to climb. Also, as a female engineer, you stand out. So if you’re good basically, the world’s your oyster really.”

Mike Cargill, Head of Teaching at HETA, says of the 190 people training, only eight are female:

“73% of the parents of people in our community would advise their daughters against going into an engineering or a technical career; and the parent  market is a really hard one to hit for us. So we’re thinking about what we can do working with different groups across the city and across the East Riding.”

Amber Matthews is one of those eight girls training with HETA.

She says there was a mixed reaction to her career-choice:

“Everyone was shocked really when I said that that was what I wanted to do. It’s not expected. But the attraction for it around in this area especially, I think it’s one of the best things to get into. Especially in this area with Siemens coming and everything like that. There’s so many opportunities around here.”

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Published: Wednesday 8th July 2015 by KCFM

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