Friday, October 25, 2013

News: Brinsworth Academy of Engineering and tomorrow's engineers

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Brinsworth Academy of Engineering is having its say on the issue of young engineers, especially women, in the Sheffield city region.

A leading engineering and manufacturing training provider, the academy has state of the art facilities at Templeborough in Rotherham and has secured a record number of vacancies for apprentices, despite the harsh economic climate.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the professional body for the industry, recently secured backing from a number of MPs for its pledge to support young engineers, especially women, in their constituencies.

It follows from the results of the IET's skills survey 2013 that showed that only 7% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female.

Barry Brooks, president of the IET, said: "Engineering underpins our everyday lives but we in the UK are facing a serious skills shortage. We urgently need to provide the right career advice and encourage more young people to take the right subjects at school and then to support them as they progress into a career in the engineering sector."

Brinsworth Academy of Engineering worked with Barnsley manufacturers of technologically advanced electronic and electromechanical products, Kostal (UK) Ltd, to train three female apprentice engineers; Imogen Stennett, 17, Zoe Baker,19 and Jade Hickling, 20.

Paul Reeves, business development director at Brinsworth Academy of Engineering, said: "We have got to get as many young people to see the opportunities within the engineering sector. It is important to see the skills that employers require being matched to a suitable individual regardless of whether they are male or female. The secret is to change perceptions, by introducing young people to organisations such as Kostal (UK) and showing them what impact engineering has on everyday life and the important role that young people can play in the future.

"We are in the process of developing a Girls Engineering and Manufacturing Skills (GEMS) programme and are hoping to secure funding from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to facilitate this. Our aim is to encourage more girls to follow in the footsteps of ambassadors such as Zoe Baker and realise the potential within the sector."

Kostal website
Brinsworth Academy of Engineering website

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