In honour of INWED, we asked two female professional trainees why they wanted to work in engineering and for SPIE UK:
Laura Inglis, Professional Trainee Quantity Surveyor (QS), said: “I joined SPIE as a Commercial Assistant in 2017 with the hope to train as a Quantity Surveyor. A year later, I was given the opportunity to study a BCS (Hons) Quantity Surveyor degree, which I have just completed. Now, as a QS Professional Trainee, I can apply my newfound skills and continue to learn in a job I love. Furthermore, as systems and technology develop, I look forward to upskilling to adapt to any changes in QS practice and being a part of the future of engineering.”
Olivia Long, Professional Trainee in Engineering, added: “When I first joined SPIE 4 years ago, I was unsure on which direction I wanted to go. However, going to York College part time enabled me to gain an appreciation and huge interest in engineering; this is when I decided to start my Level 3 apprenticeship in Building Services. I first decided to go into the engineering sector because I wanted to make a difference, I wanted a job which would give me not only great job satisfaction, but purpose. That is why I think it is important to encourage women into the industry; it is a truly challenging but rewarding sector to work in and I think this needs to be shown from a young age. SPIE gave me the opportunity to become a design engineer and have supported me from the start. Firstly, placing me on the Level 3 Building Services Engineering Course to now where I am working towards my HND.”
Engineering will play a significant role in solving the greatest challenge the world now faces, the fight against climate change. Only through a diverse workforce will we have the skills and insights to rise to the occasion and mitigate the growing impacts of global warming for today and tomorrow’s generations.
Find out more about International Women in Engineering Day at https://www.inwed.org.uk/