A Furness College craft engineering open evening will introduce females to specialist trades including welding and steel working.
Women of all ages, including schoolgirls in Year 11, are invited to the Channelside campus on Thursday, October 21, from 5pm to 7pm. The ‘Trade Up’ event will include stalls with trades in action and staff and current apprentices there to discuss opportunities in craft trades.
After the open evening there are four taster nights planned at the college on consecutive Thursdays in November. People will be able to try out the trades in which they are interested.
Phil Athersmith, Head of Early Careers Delivery at BAE Systems Submarines, said: “We have some excellent apprentices working in our craft trades and changes to working practices mean that craft trade roles are open to all.
“Our business prides itself on providing a modern workplace with diversity and inclusion embedded in everything we do. I’d certainly encourage females to look at the career opportunities on offer in Barrow helping to build submarines for our Royal Navy.”
Student Tyeisha Stamp, who studies a Level 2 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding at Furness College’s Channelside campus, said: “I want to make a positive outcome on the world and I want more women to believe that they are good enough and skilled enough to work alongside men in the engineering world, especially the practical side.”
Kate Colebourn, Director of Curriculum, 14-19 and Higher-Level Learning at Furness College, encouraged other females to think about careers in engineering and come along to the Trade Up event. “We have world-class facilities here in our engineering workshops at Channelside and I hope this event captures the interest of girls who might be practically-minded and are looking for a career in the craft trades. Engineering has opened lots of doors for me and it can lead to a very varied career with lots of flexibility. I would say to anyone thinking of going into engineering to go for it.”
The October 21 event does not require registration. Anyone interested should turn up on the evening.
Following the college sessions, people interested in pursuing a career in one of the craft trades will be invited to the Submarines Academy for Skills and Knowledge within BAE Systems’ Barrow site to find out how the submarines builders of the future are being trained in a world-class environment.
Furness College will also hold its full open evening at Channelside on Wednesday 17th November from 5pm to 8pm. The sixth form campus open evening at Rating Lane is the week before on 10th November 5pm to 8pm. See www.furness.ac.uk to sign up and for more details.
- The Trade Up event at Furness College with BAE Systems will introduce females to specialist trades including welding and steel working.
- Student Tyeisha Stamp studies a Level 2 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding at Furness College’s Channelside campus.