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Female students from The Costello School have been encouraged to consider a career in engineering, after a joint visit from Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) and Southern Communications.
Organised by BCoT, Samantha Whitaker, NGVS Manager at Southern Communications Ltd, was invited to the Basingstoke school on Thursday 17 October to give a special assembly to Year 9, 10 and 11 female students about careers in the industry.
According to Engineering UK 2018, women make up just 12.3% of all engineers in the UK, and only one in five of jobs are held by women in the wider engineering sector as a whole.
After recalling her own career journey, Samantha also discussed the wide number of pathways into a career in engineering, such as studying an apprenticeship, and the qualities required to be an engineer.
Samantha said: “‘I was honoured to be invited to present to the students at The Costello School to promote a career in Engineering. Southern Communications employ a number of staff from the school and it is great to see them join us and develop good careers. I hope my visit has inspired some of the students to now consider Engineering roles’
Principal of BCoT Anthony Bravo added: “There is currently an extremely high demand for trained engineers locally and across the UK. At BCoT we are proud to offer full-time courses and apprenticeships that are tailor-made to meet the needs of local employers, ensuring our students gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need for a successful career in the industry.”
BCoT offers a range of Level 2 and 3 full-time courses and apprenticeships in engineering, as well as a more advanced Level 4 Higher National Certificate and Level 5 Higher National Diploma. BCoT is the only college in Basingstoke offering engineering qualifications, with state-of-the-art facilities and experienced lecturers from the industry.