Female apprentices urge girls to consider engineering

Danika Gilpin, Kerrie Brown, Chloe Reeves and Chloe Little, apprentices at South West Durham Training. Credit: Bishop Auckland College

Young women are being encouraged to consider a career in engineering by female apprentices from a County Durham training centre.

International Women in Engineering Day, 23 June, is an annual celebration of the achievements of outstanding women engineers. It aims to raise awareness of the range of opportunities for young women in the sector.

Hundreds of events are taking place across the UK today, including taster sessions and workshops being held at schools, colleges, universities and engineering firms.

The four apprentices from South West Durham Training in Newton Aycliffe are helping to promote International Women in Engineering Day to encourage other young women to consider a career in engineering.

Danika Gilpin, 17, and Kerrie Brown, 26, are both from Darlington and are advanced apprentices in engineering maintenance at Cummins Engineering, and Chloe Reeves, 17, from Sunderland, is a fabrication and welding advanced apprentice with Mech-Tool Engineering in Darlington.

Their SWDT colleague Chloe Little, 19, from Billingham, completed A levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics last year before securing her maintenance and operations apprenticeship with GlaxoSmithKline plc in Barnard Castle.

Now a year into her four year apprenticeship, she will attain a Level 3 BTEC and an HNC, then plans to take a degree. Chloe spends term time at SWDT and out of term time enjoys work experience at GSK, ranging from PLC programming to welding.

An open evening is being held at South West Durham Training on Tuesday July 11 from 5pm to 7pm