July 4, 2018
Wilberforce College are hosting an inspiring, fun and practical day on Tuesday 10th July, 9.30 am to 2.30pm, to encourage local school girls to consider a career in engineering and technical fields.
Next week’s ‘Girls into Engineering’ Day has been organised in partnership with Withernsea High School , UKSTEM and Women into Manufacturing & Engineering ( WiME) and looks set to be even bigger and better than in previous years. More female engineers and local secondary schools are attending than ever before and the whole day is sponsored by KCOM, in celebration of 2018 being the National Year of Engineering!
There are 64 girls taking part from eight schools including Malet Lambert, Newland High School , Winifred Holtby, Kelvin Hall and Withernsea High School and over 20 female engineers will be attending from companies such as BaE, BP, Siemens, KCOM, The Spencer Group and Airco. The event starts with an inspiring talk from Dr Catherine Dobson of Hull University’s Engineering Department. Dr Dobson became interested in a career in engineering from learning about one of the UK’s first female engineering role models, Hull’s own Amy Johnson.
Girls will be able to take part in several different activities to help them become aware of the variety of careers open to them in the engineering and technology sectors. These include speed interviewing with female engineers together with designing and making a working fruit sorting machine from scrap materials. Several employability skills will be gained through the day such as team-work, communication and problem solving! BAE Systems are bringing along their Virtual Cockpit Flight Simulator to encourage everyone to try out their pilot skills and have a go at landing a plane, ‘virtually’!
Beci Pindar Assistant Head of Withernsea High School, joint presenter of the day’s activities (together with Kirsty Clode of WiME) says “This day is about enabling local schoolgirls to understand the options that are out there for their futures. There is a real shortage of both female role models and females taking up STEM careers. A Royal Academy of Engineering report stated that 73% of parents said they believed that other subjects offer better career opportunities for girls than engineering– despite the fact that the UK needs 1 million more engineers by 2020. This isn’t about asking girls to change, it’s about showing them what is available and what great opportunities there are for them, many here in our local area.”
Dr Karen Ashman, Assistant Principal at Wilberforce Sixth Form College, commented that “Every year this event becomes more and more popular, with this year’s being the biggest so far in terms of activities and support from employers. It’s great to see so many girls focused on their career goals and keen to find out more about the engineering industry. There are some fantastic opportunities becoming available locally within this sector and we are delighted to help UKSTEM, Withernsea High School and WiME promote this as a credible career option for local young women.”
Wilberforce Sixth Form College is based on Saltshouse Road in Hull. Established in 1988 the College is celebrating its thirtieth year this year. Wilberforce has grown to cater for 1400 of the area’s young people, working towards Advanced Level and Level 3 BTEC qualifications.