Themis Apprentice Holly Ireland is in the second year of her Supply Chain Apprenticeship at Aircelle. On National Women In Engineering day, we asked her to share her experiences.
Often talked about in the press as a "man's world", campaigns have been launched by the Royal Academy of Engineering to promote the industry and all it has to offer to women. An institution headed by President Dame Professor Ann Dowling, it's clear there are real opportunities for women in this sector and thankfully interest in STEM subjects in increasing in both male and female students.
Holly Ireland is a current engineering Apprentice, working at global aeronautical engineering and manufacturing company Aircelle. Having just begun the second year of her Advanced Apprenticeship, we asked her to talk to us about what being a female engineering Apprentice is really like.
Holly Ireland, Advanced Supply Chain Apprentice at Aircelle
What got you interested in Engineering, Holly? How old were you?
"I first became interested when I was in Year 8 at school I would have been 13 years old. My mums friends Daughter ( Danielle Hayes ) just got an engineering apprenticeship at Aircelle and that sounded like something I wanted to progress in."
Are you enjoying your Apprenticeship? What’s the best thing about it?
I am enjoying my apprenticeship. The best thing would be the variety projects I am part of. I'm always given new responsibilities and I really like being a part of the company's bigger projects."
Do you feel that anything could be improved to get more women in engineering jobs and training?
I think that all women would benefit from more of an understanding of what ‘Engineering’ really is. I feel that if you aren't encouraged to study it, or don't know people who are in that career path, there's no basis, or knowledge about what engineering is at all. A lot of my friends just think the term ‘engineering’ is to do with cars. I think that's what most women think engineering is too, whereas a matter of fact, it is a whole range of different, interesting things.
What are you hoping to do once you finish your Apprenticeship next year?
"When I come out of my Apprenticeship next year I am hoping to be took on as a full time employee of Aircelle and to start my CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) training."
What’s your proudest moment of your career?
"So far, my proudest moment would be when I was presented the Unsung Hero Award
from the Managing Dircector of Aircelle Stéphane Cueille for my brilliant project work and making outstanding savings for them."
What would you say to any younger girls who might be interested in an engineering-based career but think it might be a bit of a “boys club”?
"Engineering is a forever expanding career choice. As the world is developing so is engineering. The world has expanded and gown tremendously since it was just classed as a ‘man’s job’ but really it is very unisex! Girls just need more exposure to it."
"I would also say to any girl wanting to do engineering is DO IT!
It's one of the best choices I've ever made."
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