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Girls Get Set for a Career in Engineering

30 June 2015
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Nadia Steer, a Gloucestershire College higher engineering apprentice currently working at GE Aviation Cheltenham.

Gloucestershire College is teaming up with GE Aviation Cheltenham this Friday 3 July to host Girls Get Set, an event aimed at getting girls into engineering.

Between 9am and 3pm, almost 200 students from Gloucestershire and beyond, aged between 14 and 18, plus accompanying teachers, will participate in a range of activities designed to get them interested in science, engineering and technology.

Schools participating in the event include Cleeve School, Churchdown, Winchcombe, Pates Grammar, Tewkesbury, The Cotswold School and Stroud High, as well as out of county schools St Bede’s, Ridgeway and Edgebaston.

60 volunteers from GE Aviation Cheltenham will support separate and day-long activities grouped by year (Year 7, Year 8 and 9, and Year 10), while Year 12 students will be using robots to compete in challenges, before enjoying a presentation about the engineering higher apprenticeship available through Gloucestershire College and GE Aviation, to encourage them to consider a rewarding career in the engineering industry; be that with GE or another company.

Gloucestershire College’s Head of Engineering, Brian Fowler, said: “Following National Women in Engineering Day, which took place last week, we’re delighted to be working with GE Aviation to host Girls Get Set at Gloucester Campus.

“The UK has one of the lowest proportions of women in engineering jobs in Europe and in addition to this, there are skills gaps in the industry that, if we can encourage a similar number of girls as boys to choose careers in engineering, we can work towards filling to ensure the future prosperity of the UK economy.

“We have excellent engineering facilities and training at Gloucester Campus, with further improvements scheduled this summer, and look forward to welcoming students from across the county to find out more about the opportunities available to them.”

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