Hartlepool pupils get first-hand experience of engineering industry

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Hartlepool school girls got a hands on experience in the engineering industry.

Year 9 and 10 pupils from Dyke House Sports & Technology Academy, English Martyrs RC School, St Hilds Church of England VA Secondary School, Manor College of Technology and High Tunstall College of Science got first-hand experience of engineering during a special event.

The NETA training programme, which offers hands on training for the modern industry, staged the event to encourage girls to show an interest in getting a career in engineering.

Liz Greig, from Manor College of Technology, said: “Our students all really enjoyed the day and I feel from their positive comments it has inspired them to pursue a career in engineering.

“Although the girls I brought were in Year 9 they have chose n to study engineering in Key Stage 4 and yesterday has enthused them in this subject area.”

The girls were given an experience in all the different sectors in the engineering industry, covering many aspects of the engineering profession.

Sue Sheldrick, Dyke House Sports & Technology Academy, said: “The three girls from Dyke House had a fantastic day and left feeling very inspired about careers in engineering.”

The event was funded by the Youth Support Service in Hartlepool and organised by The Tees Valley Learning Provider Network.

A spokesman for NETA added:“NETA is delighted to have worked in partnership with schools in Hartlepool and the TV Learning Provider Network to deliver the Women into engineering day.

“The feedback from the event was fantastic and we hope initiatives like this encourage more women to consider engineering as a great career option.”