Girls Find Out Engineering is Not Just Oily Rags at Derby College

Derby, United Kingdom, November 01, 2010 --( Twenty Year 10 and 11 girls from Leesbrook, Sinfin, da Vinci and West Park Schools got a glimpse of the fascinating world of engineering at Bombardier, recently – along with the chance to see that it’s not just about oily rags.

The event was organised jointly by Bombardier and Derbyshire Education Business Partnership (DEBP) in order to encourage more females to consider a career in the engineering sector. It included a tour of the site, presentations from Derby College, a "Build me a Train" activity and inspiring talks from female engineering Ambassadors and an engineering Apprentice.

“I enjoyed talking to the panel and asking them about their work and how they got into the industry,” said Bethany Henson a student from Lees Brook School.

Ellie Dewdney, Graduate Engineer for Bombardier and a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador said: "There are a vast range of high-tech career opportunities within the engineering sector. Such taster days are an excellent opportunity to demonstrate exactly what an engineer does and to show the innovation and variety of this profession."

Dayna Stubbs, education business adviser for the DEBP explained, “We are always pleased to be able to run these events with the support of local employers – especially to show young people that they don’t have to fall into stereotypical jobs. We have had examples in the past of pupils going into successful careers as a result the taster days they experienced at school!”

For more information on education business activities call Dayna Stubbs on 01332 200 033 or for more information about engineering opportunities for girls visit the Work and Training section of the Connexions Derbyshire website.

Derby College
Sarah Jenkin-Jones
01332 387426