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Engineers In The Making

A talk on the careers available in the engineering industry gave a group of Year 11 girls food for thought.

The Gifted and Talented students went along to the University of Northampton for the STEM event - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - which was held to look at different ideas to get more girls interested in engineering.

The speaker was Kate Bellingham, the National STEM Careers Coordinator for the Department for Education, and she spoke about the stereotypes around engineering and what can be done to dispel the myth that engineers are men in boiler suits with their head in an engine.

Director of Science Elaine Ponton said: "It's about letting girls know that there are lots of different routes into engineering - apprenticeships, degrees, college courses, a year in industry.

"There are so many different jobs available in this field, from mechanical engineering to chemical, biochemical, biomedical and marine.

"We had good feedback and 3 of the girls want to know more about the year in industry programme."

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Photograph courtesy of the National HE STEM Programme.