Engineering event inspires young women

New College Durham invited girls from local comprehensive schools to take part in a women into engineering event, to overcome the gender imbalance and to encourage more young females to consider a career in this dynamic sector.

Students came from Farringdon Community Academy, Hetton School and Bishop Barrington School, to get first-hand experience of engineering and to learn more about the career opportunities available to female engineers. Due to the high interest from schools, the event took place over two days.

The event involved an extensive range of hands-on engineering activities that were delivered by our expert engineering team. The activities took place in our industry standard workshops and involved teaching the girls how to spot weld, drill and build a pneumatic circuit.

Charley Colborn, Year 9 student at Hetton School, said: “I really enjoyed the events and the staff at New College Durham were lovely. The engineering area was great and so were the staff.”

Judith Thompson, teacher at Bishop Barrington School, said: “Thank you for today! The girls loved it and enjoyed making some new friends. They were all buzzing on the way back to school. We look forward to the next event.”

The event aims to provide young people with equal opportunities and runs alongside the women into construction and men into health care events, held at New College Durham earlier this academic year.