Female Automotive Apprentices Celebrate National Women in Engineering Day

June 22, 2016
Amy Bates

Amy Bates, Parts Consultant Apprentice

Female automotive Apprentices are calling on women to really consider a job in engineering ahead of National Women in Engineering Day.

Tomorrow is National Women in Engineering Day, which is an International awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering.

Amy Bates, an automotive Apprentice technician at Ford Retail Wilmslow, is undertaking a Level 3 Parts Consultant qualification. She says more women should consider a career in the sector, particularly through an Apprenticeship.

Says Amy, “I think it’s amazing, that women are getting recognised for something that once upon a time people never thought a woman could do.”

Adding, “I chose to do an automotive apprenticeship because employers are looking for people with technical experience but also it gives me the opportunity to gain an NVQ whilst working.”

With the number of people undertaking an automotive apprenticeship increasing by 14.2% in 2014/15, 6.2% higher than a previous peak in 2011/12, now is an ideal time for both sexes to take advantage of the wealth of career opportunities an apprenticeship in the automotive sector can offer.

“Being a woman and working in the automotive sector is amazing, different and a lot of fun,” says Amy.

“I love cars and the way they work. Doing an apprenticeship has given me life skills and was a real confidence boost.”

National training provider, Remit Training, is working with a number of garages delivering Automotive Apprenticeships across the UK. With a number of vacancies across the country, Christine Peddie, Automotive Business Unit Director at Remit Training, believes women now have the perfect chance to play a leading role in the sector.

“At Remit Training, we are committed to developing a diverse workforce and inspiring more young women into engineering through our automotive apprenticeships.

“National Women in Engineering Day is a brilliant way to raise the profile of automotive apprenticeships as a real career option for girls thinking about their next career steps.”

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