Female students from schools across the area came together to attend the very first Women in Engineering Conference at Furness College.
Feedback from the students, parents and exhibitors rated the event as an outstanding success and one which they felt should be repeated every year. The conference was a culmination of a series of mini roadshows where female engineering staff had taken displays and a DVD into secondary schools to promote National Women in Engineering Day.
The DVD showed Acrastyle Electrical Apprentice, Dana-Amber Henderson talking about her passion for engineering. Dana was also on the panel of guest speakers. The invited guest speakers gave the students an insight into the opportunities available to them in a career in engineering.
David Weild, Head of Engineering Services, BAE Systems Submarines gave an informative talk about the important role of women in BAE Systems and the new challenges facing their company.
Maureen McCue, Head of Research & Technology – BAE Systems Military Air & Information, gave an inspirational about her journey to becoming an engineer and the very exciting engineering routes she had taken during her career.
Before and after the event students and their parents/guardians were able to talk to local exhibiting engineering companies including BAE Systems, Acrastyle Ltd, Siemens, Centrica and Kimberly-Clark as well as the local Barrow and District Association of Engineers and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMEchE).
All exhibitors said how worthwhile the event had been and how impressed they were with the quality of students visiting their stands.
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