HETA have been active in attempting to increase the numbers of females undertaking an Engineering Apprenticeship.
Engineering is typically seen by a lot of students as a dirty industry which is dominated by males. However, the reality is that Engineering has moved on from that image and there are roles within the industry including Electrical Engineering, Instrumentation and Drawing Office Design Engineers which don’t involve dirty work at all!
Over the last year HETA have held and supported a number of events to aim to encourage more female applicants onto the scheme. This includes open evenings at our sites, assisting schools with various events and activities promoting the use of STEM subjects and progression routes available. We have also launched our own poster competition which promotes females into engineering.
Last year, we asked ALL secondary schools in our region and surrounding areas to promote Females in Engineering. We had two winners, one from KS3 and one from KS4. We chose these two winners becuase they really captured the message we are trying to deliver- FEMALES can be engineers too!
Females Into Engineering Poster Competition Winners 2015
Courtney Davey, Year 10-Frederick Gough School- KS4 Winner
Iain Elliott with KS3 Winner Heidi Donnison and Year 10 students Amber Hackett and Becky Scutt who helped the Years 7s after attending a Girls Into Engineering Day organised by HETA and Withernsea High School.
Heidi Donnison, Year 7- Howden School took the prize for KS3 Winner. Both girls recieved a box full of STEM gadgets and Courtney's poster has been distributed to ALL secondary schools in our region to promote other females into engineering.
HETA have created a focus group which includes members from industry and education with the aim of formalising the approaches taken and ensuring that efforts are mutually supportive. It is important that we learn which activities result in a greater awareness of opportunities and use this information to focus efforts.
If you are a HETA apprentice past or present and would like to feature on our website as a case study please contact the marketing team on 01482 372677.
If you would like more information about our competition for September 2016 or would like us to attend one of your inspiring female days- please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01482 372486.