Engineering is one of the most diverse and satisfying professions. Engineers get results; they make things happen; they generate new solutions to other people's problems and have the job satisfaction of being able to see their work in action - work which ultimately creates a better lifestyle for us all.
When girls don’t think they are welcome in a traditionally male-dominated subject such as Engineering, it means that some of the most talented individuals we have are lost to this employment sector.
To combat this, Withernsea High School have recently run a number of twilight sessions as part of a ‘Girls into Engineering’ program; an initiative designed to encourage girls to consider a future in this field.
As part of this program, girls from across all years were introduced to the school’s engineering facilities in small groups. They were given experience of a broad range of techniques and processes, which they then used to create a basic product.
Nick Bullock, Head of Design Technology, commented: “The purpose of these sessions was to boost the profile of the subject among our female students; to help develop their confidence and skills in a range of otherwise unknown technical areas. We have also had involvement from a number of female members of staff, both in leading and attending these sessions, which again is boosting confidence and making the subject more accessible across the school”.