Allicia’s Story

Allicia Raw studied motor vehicle at Leeds  City College, recently completing her level 1 qualification. WEST awarded Allicia a £100 bursary in 2017 to go towards steel toe cap boots and other equipment.

Who or what inspired you to study motor vehicle?

It was both my dad and my girlfriend who inspired me to do motor vehicle. I like doing it because I enjoy getting my hands dirty and to dive on into things. My dad has always been a big lover of cars and likes to share his love of cars with me.

How many people in your class at college?

There were around seven or eight people including myself. I was the only female.

What’s that like?

I really enjoyed going to Leeds City College and didn’t mind working with the lads as I don’t usually get along with girls.

What’s the best thing about studying motor vehicle – what task do you like doing best?

Whilst doing motor vehicle I have discovered that I really enjoy painting. I would like to take it further and will be doing paint principles this year.  The tutors are very helpful and supportive.

What did you want to do for a job when you were a little girl?

When I was a child all I thought about was animals.

Ambitions and plans?

My objective is to be able to say “I did it!”

I would love to be able to do body repair and show men that you don’t need to be a man to get under a bonnet or fit a new wing to the car.

Advice to other girls and women thinking of doing motor vehicle?

I would tell them to go for it but don’t be intimidated by the lads. Become one of them :)

What did you think when you got the WEST bursary?

When I got the bursary it was like a shock to the system as I never usually win things. If I am honest it made me proud to to be a woman in the motor vehicle trade and to know that we aren’t alone.