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AWE apprentice inspires local pupils

An AWE apprentice helped inspire girls into a career in engineering at a recent Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) event.

Back row - left to right -Jennifer Muskett, Southampton Solent University; Marie Braithwaite, RIBA; Preeya Lakhani, Gillette apprentice; Samantha McCrea AWE, apprentice Front row - left to right -  Emma Thomas, Virgin Media; Shirley Namibiru, Gillette; Alison Stephens, Gillette; Janet Bonar Southampton Solent University

Back row - left to right -Jennifer Muskett, Southampton Solent University; Marie Braithwaite, RIBA; Preeya Lakhani, Gillette apprentice; Samantha McRae AWE, apprentice
Front row - left to right -
Emma Thomas, Virgin Media; Shirley Namibiru, Gillette; Alison Stephens, Gillette; Janet Bonar Southampton Solent University

Sammy McRae from AWE said: “I found the event great for networking with other apprentices from large companies and it was great to see BCoT giving the pupils a practical insight into engineering and technological careers. I think the pupils who attended got a sense of the variety of jobs within the engineering and technology industries.”

The event organiser Claire Sutton, BCoT Marketing and Admissions Manager, said: “Our experience at BCoT reflects industry in general; that there are not as many young women applying to technology-based subjects as we would want. Today’s event was all about giving pupils from the schools we work with the chance to have a go at some subjects they might not have considered before. I think the highlight of the day for me was meeting our guest speakers; all are at different stages in their careers, but all of them, like Sammy, are thriving and really enjoying what they do. I thought their honesty and enthusiasm was infectious and I know the girls learnt something from them all.”

Pupils from three local schools, Costello, The Hurst and Bishop Challoner, attended the event to understand what opportunities are available for them in engineering and technology.

Other organisations that attended the event included Virgin Media and Gillette who both had female engineers on hand to answer questions and inspire the young female audience.

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