Training 2000 marked the UK’s first national Women in Engineering Day (Monday 23 June 2014) by introducing a group of year five girls to its engineering workshop.
Led by Marilyn Pilkington, Training 2000’s 14-19 engagement manager and a strong supporter of women in engineering, the group was taken on a tour of the workshop before having a go at manufacturing a brass shaped ‘Rolo’ on a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) lathe and then engraving it on a CNC milling machine, ably assisted by female engineering apprentices Amy Langtree (19) and Joanne Gregory (21). The group was also joined by Annette Weekes, Managing Director of PDS CNC Engineering to show the girls that the career possibilities within engineering are endless.
Nine-year-old St Michael with St John C of E primary school pupil Sifa Turi said: “I really enjoyed making the ‘Rolos’ and I enjoyed learning how to be an engineer. It has inspired me to be an engineer when I grow up.”
Ten-year-old Fatima Desai added: “I really enjoyed making the ‘Rolos’, didn’t think the machines could make such great things. I’m now considering whether to be an engineer and make things. I’m going to put my Rolo with my medals.”
Marilyn concluded: “I was delighted to host this lovely group of young girls and it was so positive to see them all put their hands up when I asked which of them wanted to be an engineer when they grow up.