….What is an apprenticeship?
….What it is like to be an apprentice?
….What kind of jobs are there in engineering?
These are amongst the questions that have been answered by Instructors at SETA this week as the centre has embarked on its second week of work experience at its training centre in Reddish, Stockport. SETA has taken part in a two week Work Experience programme at the centre in order to increase awareness of engineering in local school students. Education is a key barrier in young people pursuing engineering. Simon Artley (Business Development Manager) expresses that:
“Not all schools are active in giving good careers guidance and we are therefore taking a proactive approach. Promoting engineering apprenticeships in schools and providing information to parents and young people about engineering is a pivotal activity to raise the profile of engineering.”
It is SETA’s last day of its work experience programme which has taken place over the last two weeks! This week has seen nearly 20 school students from St. James, St Anne’s and Stockport High embark on a practical placement at SETA. Students have got stuck-in with making a tool-box from scratch…a challenging task for many pupils who have no prior practical engineering experience.
A few testimonials from students who took part in the work experience this week:
“I have enjoyed the work experience this week which has been really different from school as it is so practical and hands-on which I like. I have found out about the different types of engineering and I definately want to go into this field. I now understand what apprenticeships are and the routes available. I think most girls don’t go into engineering because of lack of education about engineering and apprenticeships. This week has proven that women are just as competent as men in engineering and more girls need to get involved!”
Marie Thompson, 19, Marple College
“This week has been really good and I have learnt alot. I definately want to go into engineering, specifically chemical engineering. I think many girls go into engineering because of lack of awareness in school and because it can be quite a male dominated sector. However, even though it has mostly been lads at the centre this week I have fitted in absolutely fine and am treated exactly the same as everyone else.”
Maria Barnes, 16, Aquinas College
Congratulations to all the students that attended the work experience over the past few weeks and thank you to local schools for supporting us!