WEST Bursary Winners
Eleanor hated school…so she was sent to Dearne Valley College instead.
Four years later she is studying Level 3 vehicle repair and loving it.
Nyachieng Jok John is on a course at Sheffield College aimed at attracting women to take up engineering.
She has a dream…to go to university and study Aerospace Engineering.
Brogan is on the Bricklaying level 2 course at Sheffield College.
She says she loves bricklaying – all the detail involved, and she wants to go on to Level 3 and then do plastering. She wants to get an apprenticeship and experience on a building site.
Muriam studied BTec Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield College
She won first place in a competition at Primary School by designing a new car. Ever since she decided she wanted to be an engineer. She loves designing and making practical things.
Steph is studying level 1 motor vehicle at Rotherham College, and also doing unpaid work experience at a local garage. WEST gave Steph a £100 bursary to go towards childcare costs and tools.
“Women think more before they do things. If you give a bloke a hammer, he’ll go and hit that nail. He’ll not look at it, he’ll just hit it!”
Nikki has completed levels 1 and 2 in electrical installation at Sheffield College, and is now doing her level 3. WEST awarded Nikki £100 towards tools and electrical tester in 2017.
“I didn’t want to do plumbing because I don’t like toilets. Decorating is boring, it’s just painting. So I went for electrics!”
Ayesha has just completed her BTEC level 3 in Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield College, and started a degree in mechanical engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. WEST made her a bursary of £75 towards equipment and books.
“Don’t think about the male-female ratio. Just go in thinking: if you like problem solving, if you like mechanics, if you like engineering – just go for it!”
Svetlana is a street lighting technician with Rotherham Council. She has completed her first year in Civil Engineering at Sheffield College. WEST gave her a £75 bursary towards the cost of a new laptop.
” I’ve not had any bad experiences. I really think people are getting used to the idea and there are more females in the industry.”
Christie is from Mansfield. After studying engineering at West Nottingham College, she secured a plumbing apprenticeship with a local construction company. WEST has given her a £100 bursary towards equipment and travel.
“I always get asked why did I want to come into this job because it’s dirty. And I say I don’t mind getting my hands dirty!”
De-lanee is training to be an engineer at The Sheffield College. She was awarded £100 towards equipment and travel costs.
“My overalls are the same as everyone else’s. If I want to put hearts and star patches on, then I will!”
Chantelle, 21, is from Scarborough and is also training to be a joiner. She is just finishing her apprenticeship with a building firm. She was awarded £100 to pay for tools.
“You hear it from guys all the time that women aren’t strong enough, not good enough. But all you’ve got to do is prove them wrong!”
Laura, 26, is training to be a painter and decorator at Leeds College of Building, and this has really built her confidence. She was awarded £100 towards equipment and travel costs.
“What I really like is when you go into a room and it looks shabby and then you make it look good.”