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Georgia, MoD Apprentice, standing in front of jet

<p>June 23rd marks an important day on the calendar for the engineering community and beyond – International Women in Engineering Day. This annual event serves as a powerful reminder of the contributions, achievements, and ongoing challenges faced by women in the field of engineering. It is a day to recognise and celebrate the remarkable women who have shattered glass ceilings and challenged stereotypes, while also highlighting the ongoing efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the engineering profession.</p>

<p>Engineering has long been considered a male-dominated field, with women historically underrepresented in various engineering disciplines. However, at Weston College and University Centre Weston (UCW), we are making conscious efforts to give the support and encouragement needed for women to pursue their dream career in the Engineering industry. This support has been in the form of scholarships, job opportunities and apprenticeships, encouraging women to break down the barriers and have a successful career in the industry.</p>

<p>One of the most significant challenges faced by women in engineering is the gender imbalance within the field. According to recent data from EngineeringUK, women make up only 16.5% of engineers in the UK. This disparity can be attributed to a multitude of factors, including societal stereotypes, lack of representation, unconscious bias, and systemic barriers. Women in Engineering Day serves as a platform to address these issues and advocate for change. By showcasing the accomplishments of women engineers and highlighting their stories, we can inspire more young women to consider engineering as a viable and rewarding career path.</p>

<p><img alt="Georgia - MOD apprentice" class="jh-pad" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b7f7cdd7-c288-46bd-8ccd-63f8074f8c13" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Georgia%20Apprentice%20MoD%203%20Web_0.png" />Georgia was recently awarded a new Engineering and Green Skills scholarship, in partnership with the Luke Wheaton Trust, who impressed judges in her application with her love of engineering and desire to succeed.</p>

<p>When catching up with Georgia about the scholarship, she said: “I was so happy when I found out that I had been awarded the Luke Wheaton Legacy Trust Scholarship.</p>

<p>“I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship so far, as I have been able to meet apprentices from other companies as well as learning important skills about engineering and sustainability.</p>

<p>“I have enjoyed learning about different materials, their testing and application to different aircraft parts.</p>

<p>“When I complete my degree apprenticeship, I would like to further this understanding and research into material properties and look at cost effective and sustainable solutions to use in the aerospace industry.”</p>

<p><img alt="Chloe - engineering Assessor " class="jh-pad" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="591333a9-826f-4b78-9e09-d18b3c5ac50a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Chloe%20Engineering%20Assessor%20Web.png" />Another successful female engineer from within the college is Chloe, who’s job role is Engineering Assessor.</p>

<p>Chloe told us: “I was looking for an opportunity to develop my career in this direction when a perfect job came up at the college. This involved having more time directly influencing and developing up-and-coming engineers on their apprenticeships in a range of technical skills, within an often diverse and challenging environment.”</p>

<p>In recent years, efforts to increase gender diversity in engineering have gained momentum. The West of England Institute of Technology, for example, are 500% ahead of target in female learner numbers. By fostering an inclusive environment and breaking down barriers, these initiatives are helping to create a more diverse and vibrant engineering community.</p>

<p>While progress has undoubtedly been made, there is still work to be done. Women continue to face challenges such as unconscious bias, lack of representation in leadership positions, and the persistence of gender stereotypes. Recognising these obstacles and actively working to overcome them is crucial for achieving true gender parity in engineering. By embracing diversity, fostering an inclusive culture, and providing equal opportunities, we can harness the collective talents and perspectives of all individuals, irrespective of gender.</p>

<p>On International Women in Engineering Day, let us celebrate the achievements of women engineers, past and present, and acknowledge the incredible contributions they have made to society. It is a day to honour their resilience, brilliance, and innovation. But it is also a reminder that our efforts must extend beyond a single day. We must continue to advocate for equal opportunities, challenge gender biases, and support aspiring women engineers. By doing so, we can build a future where engineering is truly a field that embraces and empowers individuals of all genders.</p>

<p><a href="… out more about our engineering courses, by clicking here.</a></p>

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<p>We are always looking to improve our offer to support employers in finding local talent, but also for local adults to train in emerging industry trends.</p>

<p>Starting in April, we are launching a new 14-week course in Advanced Facial Treatments, in response to the growing aesthetics industry, with employers seeking fully qualified and accredited practitioners that have completed the highest quality training.</p>

<p>It will be delivered at the Hair and Beauty centre at the Knightstone Campus by fully trained practitioners with over 5-years of experience in the aesthetics industry. The training will be of the highest quality, using the best quality resources.</p>

<p>This course will give learners the opportunity to achieve formal, regulated qualifications, and the chance to grow their business portfolios. Clients are more likely to choose a practitioner who has trustworthy qualifications regulated by reputable awarding bodies and co-designed by local aesthetic employers.</p>

<p>There is no other local college that offers this course, and it is the perfect opportunity for those who want to enhance their skills and knowledge in the field of aesthetics. Our experienced instructors will provide a supportive learning environment and guide learners every step of the way.</p>

<p>So, if you're considering studying the course, I would say go for it! This is a unique opportunity to upgrade your skills and knowledge and take your career to the next level. Don't miss this chance to explore the world of aesthetics with Weston College.</p>

<p><a href="… out more about the course, and apply, by clicking here.</a></p>

<p><em>Jenna Ratcliffe, Divisional Lead for the Service Sectors (hair, beauty, hospitality, catering and counselling) at Weston College</em></p>

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<p>Our collaboration with <a href="">AAT </a>provides the perfect blend of learning, between Online and On-Campus, to allow you to gain your qualification in Accounting. Another great delivery of this course is through the Apprenticeship, where you'll spend time both in the classroom and in the workplace. This flexible approach means apprentices can choose how, when and where they want to study.</p><p>We heard from Michelle, who completed the AAT Apprenticeship, and told us about her experience!</p><h3>Why did you decide to study an AAT?</h3><p>After my daughter was born (I was 28 at that time) I had an opportunity to work as an accounts assistant carrying out basic bookkeeping. I knew if I wanted further my career in the accounting industry I would require a qualification. Weston College was offering Level AAT courses which I attended during one day each week. I completed Level 2,3 and 4 at Weston college with the encouragement from my tutor, Sarah. Even during the pandemic, Weston college helped support us with online sessions.</p><h3>Did your employers offer you the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship or was this something you decided to complete?</h3><p>It was my own decision to pursue the AAT qualification as I had self-doubted and low self-esteem when it came to my education. But, I knew there was more for me out in the world and AAT would open so many doors for my future.</p><h3>How did you find the apprenticeship?</h3><p>From the support &amp; encouragement from both my tutor Sarah and class friends it felt like a great achievement. I’m really proud to have completed my AAT however it was down to my hard work and dedication. I also have made friends for life through the classes.</p><h3>How long did it take to complete?</h3><p>I completed level 2,3 &amp; 4 over 3 years.</p><h3>How often did you have to complete apprenticeship work?</h3><p>I juggled all my study time around family life, especially considering I had a new born, and it was tough. I spent the majority of my evenings and weekends revising, but I made sure to make time. Each AAT exam will test your knowledge and it’s not just multiple selection boxes, AAT want you to know the understanding behind the question and how you have come to the decision you’ve made. Working in an accounting environment, it’s really important you have the understanding and knowledge to be able to advise and back up your decisions with the correct information.</p><h3>How have you utilised the skills you developed during the apprenticeship?</h3><p>All the skills that I developed on the course have been utilised, from double entry bookkeeping, payroll, Excel and accounting software.</p><h3>Since completing the apprenticeship, has it helped you to progress your career?</h3><p>Since completing my AAT, and becoming MAAT, all thanks from the support of Weston College, I have set up my own bookkeeping practice called Michelle Clarks Advanced Bookkeeping Services, as well as working for a really cool accounting firm in Weston Super Mare called “Neil’s Data Consultancy”. Having the support from not only an employer and as well as being my own boss, I have the best of both worlds that works for me. I enjoy meeting new clients and being able to encourage them to grow their own business.</p><h3>Were there any specific highlights of the apprenticeship?</h3><p>Attending my Graduation at Weston College was the biggest highlight and made me reflect on the hard work I put in to the AAT course. Wearing the gown and having a day of celebration felt amazing. Weston College went above and beyond for our graduation, celebrating everyone’s achievements.</p><h3>What would you say to someone considering following in your footsteps?</h3><p>Do it, don’t hold back. I recommend the apprenticeship to anyone to gain their AAT qualification at Weston College, it can open so many career paths for your future.</p><p>Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams. If the dreams for your future don't scare you, they aren’t big enough!</p><p><em>Michelle</em></p><p><a href="">If you're interested in learning more about AAT qualifications, click here!</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p>

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