Bursary winners 2016

We’re extremely chuffed with our bumper crop of 11 brilliant WEST bursary winners this year! Watch the video about them or see their individual stories below. 

Ayesha Ahmed


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!”

See Ayesha’s story

Hajar Al-Janabi


Hajar is studying Construction and the Built Environment full-time at Leeds College of Building. WEST gave her a bursary of £75 towards travel and other costs.

“I’ve never thought about the fact that I was entering a male-dominated world. I was entering it because it’s something I like doing!”

See Hajar’s story

Abi Chappell


Abi is studying Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair at Sheffield College. She won a WEST bursary of £75 to go towards travel and other costs.

“I’ve always loved tinkering with cars. I’m obsessed with my own Honda. I personally believe cars are incredible, every nut and bolt that has gone into them makes them what they are.”

Read Abi’s story

Brooke Lawford


Brooke is a welding and fabrication apprentice. She works at Victor Manufacturing in Bradford, studying at KITS Training Centre in Brighouse one day a week. She has just successfully finished her level 2 EAL Engineering Diploma. WEST made Brooke a bursary of £75 towards travel and equipment, including safety glasses.

“I did work experience in a fork lift engineering company and enjoyed it and it fell into place, I wanted to be an engineer.”

Read Brooke’s story

Stacey Downing


Stacey is studying for an HNC in Construction as well as level 3 Bricklaying at Chesterfield College. WEST gave her a bursary of £75 towards clothing and tools, including trowels.

“I’ve got a twin sister who is at the college right now for electrical installation. I’ve also got a younger sister here for level 2 plumbing. So we’re setting up a  female company and we’re hoping to take over the world!”

See Stacey’s story

Lydia Harrison

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Lydia has just finished level 1 in Light Motor Vehicle Maintenance at Dearne Valley College, and is starting level 2. WEST gave her a £75 bursary towards travel and equipment.

“I fancied doing something different and wanted to challenge myself!”

Read Lydia’s story

Britney Kepple


Britney has just finished her level 1 in Floor and Wall Tiling at Leeds College of Building, and it going on to do level 2. WEST gave her a bursary of £75 towards work pants and equipment.

“I want to get a job, earn loads of money and build myself up.”

See Britney’s story

Courtney Maule


Courtney is training to be an electrician at Leeds College of Building. WEST gave her a bursary of £75 towards materials, books and events.

“I enjoy learning new stuff and how to fix things.”

Read Courtney’s story

Estelle Parkin

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Estelle is training in Light Motor Vehicle Maintenance at Dearne Valley College. WEST gave her a £75 bursary towards books and materials.

“I want to have all the training I can along with work experience and then to go on to join a main dealership.”

Jodie Plackett


Jodie is doing her level 2 in Plastering at Derby College. She received a WEST bursary of £75 towards plastering tools and equipment.

“When I’ve got all the skills, I want to set up my own women- only company because I’d like to encourage more ladies to do construction.”

Read Jodie’s story

Svetlana Shamshoum


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.”

Read Svetlana’s story

And there’s more…

In 2016, WEST also teamed up for the first time with Alcoa and Sheffield Hallam University to make a further 12 bursaries to women studying engineering at SHU. See more here.

This was also our second year of collaborating with NICEIC to continue supporting two women studying electrical installation at Sheffield College. See more here.