A YOUNG engineer is celebrating after a double achievement in the world of engineering.
Hartlepool teenager Ellie Dunnington, 18, has secured a job and a competed in a prestigious competition within a week.
Originally from York, Ellie moved to Hartlepool at the age of seven and has developed a passion for engineering.
She said: “I like the hands-on side of it, I like bringing everything together, rather than just looking at it.”
Ellie has secured a four-year apprenticeship with Wilton Engineering Services and said: “I only got told earlier this week.
“I feel very lucky to secure an apprenticeship with Wilton. My ultimate ambition is to be a welder or a plater and I could do either route with them.”
As well as securing the post at Wilton Engineering Services, she has competed in the regional heats of the WorldSkills UK Engineering Construction Metalwork competition.
The competition is hosted at Hartlepool College of Further Education and is run by Semta. She was competing against six boys and their task was to construct and fabricate the base of a crane.
The competition was one of 13 engineering contests run by Semta, which is responsible for engineering skills for the future.
Ellie will find out in July whether she has won through to the national final at the Skills Show in Birmingham. A medal there could see her selected for the UK squad for the World Skills finals in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
She said: “I would be very proud if I was able to win a place at The Skills Show. It is quite a rare thing for a girl to do so in the engineering competitions.”
Joanne Iceton, head of communications and public affairs at Semta, said: “Ellie has done well to get this far and it would be great to see her in the national final and the international squad - but most importantly she has secured an apprenticeship and a career and is a role model for other girls to follow.”
Ellie added: “My mam is really proud of me and thinks it’s great that I am doing engineering.”
She urged other girls to follow her example.
“I would definitely advise other girls to do it as it is a great experience and you are thought no differently to the boys and it is really good fun. Everybody has been really supportive since I started college.”