TyneMet Engineering student, Shaunna Coyle, studying on the Engineering BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma Level 3, applied for and was successful in receiving a bursary to attend the Women's Engineering Society (WES) Conference at the IET, Savoy Palace, London.
Shaunna, who from a young age, had always been interested in understanding how things work, joined the Engineering BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 this September at TyneMet College. The course suited Shaunna as it is specifically designed for anyone wanting to gain a technical, in-depth knowledge of the world of Engineering by designing and developing a range of solutions using analytical and practical tools.
Made aware by her Engineering teacher, Paul Cottiss , that Jaguar Land Rover were offering to sponsor travel costs and a place at the Women's Engineering Society (WES) Conference, Shaunna applied for the bursary sending in a personal statement describing her career aspirations. Her statement explained how Shaunna hopes to continue her Engineering career by becoming an Engineering Apprentice, and then ultimately work in the Engineering sector as a Design Engineer or an electrician.
Shaunna was delighted to find that she had been selected to receive the bursary from Jaguar Land Rover and attend the Conference; she especially enjoyed the workshop 'Energising Girls About Engineering'.
"I am really enjoying studying at TyneMet, the Engineering Department has excellent practical workshops with up to date machinery that we use on a daily basis. The course I am studying is a combination of a level 2 practical qualification, where we gain basic engineering skills from mechanical and electrical disciplines and a level 3 academic qualification, it is really interesting and it doesn't bother me that a lot of the other students are male.
At the conference it was good to meet and speak to women who have established themselves in the engineering industry and finding out why they chose a career in the engineering sector, I had no idea how many types of engineering disciplines there are and how many opportunities are available for women."
Mick Burton, Head of Engineering at TyneMet, said:
"Engineering is a varied and exciting subject that opens up a huge range of opportunities to design, develop and build almost anything in the world. TyneMet's Engineering department offers male and female students a taste of many different industries from electrical, mechanical, robotics, pharmaceutical, renewable energies, and many more. We are already a regional leader for Engineering and Technology, with a wide range of vocational courses designed to up-skill and advance both employees and employers across the North East to meet the demands of a changing economy."