Girls from across Suffolk and Norfolk attended the interactive workshop at St Benedict’s Catholic School, Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday to meet female role models from the worlds of science, engineering and technology.
The event was sponsored by UK Power Networks in partnership with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) to help kick-start interest from young women to help fill the looming skills gap in the industry.
There was an opportunity for the girls to look at some of the network equipment the role models work on and with, including interactive activities to demonstrate key principles – for example getting the chance to configure a digger to score a goal.
One of those who really benefited from speaking to the role models was 17-year-old Elisa Barber, from Thurston. She said: “I am very interested in mechanical or electrical engineering. I would particularly like to work with power and renewables. I came to discover more about the different routes into engineering and it has been really useful in that respect.”
Helen Wain, UK Power Networks’ category manager, was the brains behind the event and one of the 20 female role models. She began her engineering career in the automotive industry and designed the power steering system which Jaguar is still using today.
She said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the phenomenal support and response from the girls who attended, the schools that enabled them to attend and the representative of the businesses which they could be working for in years to come.”