Engineering girls

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) joined forces with the Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) to give girls aged 13-15 a chance to learn practical engineering skills.

The event is in its fourth year and was attended by pupils from Southampton’s BitternePark school, Woodlands Community school and Quilly School of Engineering in Eastleigh.

The event started with a tour of Esso’s Fawley refinery, which processes 30,000 barrels of crude oil a day and supplies around 14 per cent of all petroleum products in the UK. The tour then progressed to SETA’s training centre in Millbrook, Southampton where groups donned safety glasses and overalls for a practical session. In the centre’s workshop they learned about a variety of disciplines including basic electrical wiring and machining from trained instructors before getting a chance to have a go.

SETA apprenticeship recruitment officer Claire Sutton said: ‘When the girls left following a packed day you could see they had been inspired by what they experienced.’

She added: ‘A number of girls who attended in previous year have embarked on a career in engineering, a direction which might not have occurred to them without this type of practical experience.’