Michelle’s drive

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A HARTLEPOOL woman is celebrating after completing a course that will help steer her career in manufacturing.

Michelle Blackett, 25, has passed a Masters degree in marketing management with a merit grade.

It has given her skills that can be put into practice in her work at the Eaglescliffe-based car parts giant Nifco.

She completed the course at Teesside University and bosses believe her skills will help with a new research and development project planned on land next to the current Nifco site.

Fellow employee Sarah Turnbull has also added to her qualifications by gaining a first class honours degree.

Mike Matthews, managing director of Nifco UK and European operations officer, said that he was pleased to see that more women were pursuing a career in engineering and manufacturing.

He said: “Michelle and Sarah are two extremely talented members of the team, and just two of a growing number of women entering the manufacturing and engineering industry.

“We have a fantastic team at Nifco. One that is made up of not only graduates, but time-served engineers and young apprentices. The unique mix of skills that the team here possess, and a commitment to invest in the continuous development of our people, means that we have a team that is steering the business to success.”