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'Excellent opportunities' for women in engineering

I started my career as an apprentice 25 years ago which was a great way of continuing education, developing skills, and getting into industry. I am now a senior engineering manager which demonstrates the excellent career progression opportunities available to women in a modern engineering-led business.

– Danella Bagnall, JLR Project Planning and Integration Director

JLR course to get more women into engineering

Jaguar Land Rover has developed a course designed to get more women interested in engineering, technology and manufacturing careers.

The company is developing the 'Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers: Young Women in the Know' course in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College, to try to change perceptions of the career choice.

Students will spend a week at JLR sites Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Currently, only six per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK are women, and bosses believe the new course will boost that figure for JLR and the UK manufacturing sector as a whole.

The first programme will involve more than 100 female students aged 15 to 18, who will spend a week touring the company sites, meeting women at all levels of the business, and learning employability skills.

The students that do complete the week-long course successfully will earn a Level One Award in Employability and Personal Development.

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Science fair organised to help get children interested in engineering

Video produced by JLR to help inspire budding engineers. Credit: Jaguar Land Rover

Children aged 5-11 from across the Midlands are today competing in an engineering challenge being held at the Ricoh Arena.

Around 300 budding engineers will be taking part in the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge, which is taking place during the Midlands Big Bang Young Scientist and Engineers Fair.

The event is being organised to help get young people interested in a career in engineering.

Engineering breakthroughs celebrated in Lincoln Cathedral

Displays highlight the cities engineering successes. Credit: City of Lincoln Council

Today is the third day of a three-day celebration in Lincoln Cathedral, where the city's engineering history is on show to the public.

The event is being organised by members of the Lincoln Engineering Breakfast Group with support from a number of organisations including the University of Lincoln, Lincoln College, Cathedral and the City of Lincoln Council.

The exhibitions are giving people the chance to learn many interesting facts about engineering in Lincoln.

Lincoln celebrates engineering heritage

Preparing the displays for this weekend Credit: Lincoln City Council

The City of Lincoln is celebrating its engineering heritage this weekend.

The three-day event is being held at Lincoln Cathedral and will include displays of a variety of vehicles and exhibitions from Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire and the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.

An interactive timeline more than 50-feet in length which charts the progress of Lincoln's engineering heritage from the Romans to the present day will also be on display.

Historic engine 'The Flying Pig' undergoes important overhaul

A locomotive that was once considered the ugliest ever built, is now undergoing important work before the summer season.

The work is being carried out by Severn Valley Railway and costing an estimated £35,000.

The Flying Pig is one of the hardest working locomotives on the heritage railway and has been in service there for more than 40 years. Chris Halpin reports

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Engineers of the future get an early taste of university life

For most students, starting a new school can be very daunting, but one Midlands engineering Academy has stepped up the pressure for its new intake.

Year 10 students entering their first year at the JCB Academy in Staffordshire have been sent straight to university - well for the first week anyway.

With many Midlands manufacturers saying students leave education without the skills businesses need, it's hoped these young hopefuls will be the engineers of the future.

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