The role of women in engineering is being celebrated across Hartlepool and East Durham. Women in Engineering Day is held each year (Thursday June 23) with a host of events taking place across the UK to try to encourage more females to get involved in the sector.
Dozens of students found out how they could be a part of the industry as Hartlepool College of Further Education hosted girls from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, Dyke House Sports and Technology College, and St Hild’s Church of England School.
Lecturer in engineering, Helen Gott, gave an introduction before the event’s main organiser Paula Tinkler (the Commercial Director for Middlesbrough-based firm Chemoxy) explained her work.
The students visited Hartlepool Power Station and Caterpillar in Peterlee, before students did practical tests.
Mick Casey, Head of the Engineering School at Hartlepool College, added:“In recent years the number of female students in engineering has increased, but there is still work to be done to try and reduce the so-called gender imbalance. We’re constantly trying to address that by encouraging more girls to come into a thriving sector. We have excellent relationships with the schools, and by inviting them into the College they can get a real feel for the options which are available to them both with ourselves and the companies we work with.”
Paula said she was inspired to go into engineering by a similar event when she was younger, and hopes the girls who attended this week’s activity will follow in her footsteps. She said:“It is fantastic that once again Hartlepool College has supported this event, and it is great to see the girls from the schools not only coming along but taking a real genuine interest in what is going on. If it plants a seed in their mind that there are opportunities available to them then that can only be a positive.”