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Rising numbers of female engineers: a perfect time to consider engineering?

Even though engineering offers a challenging, satisfying career option, many women aren’t aware of the need for newly qualified engineers. From school onwards, STEM subjects are traditionally more popular with boys than girls and this can lead to an imbalance in the workplace.

New campaigns, however, are successfully targeting women and ensuring they are aware of the options available to them in the engineering industry which are ideal for problem-solvers of any gender. The increased awareness of the industry is leading to a rise in the number of female engineers.

Of course, as with any qualified role, thorough training must be undertaken prior to commencing work as an engineer. There are a few different factors to consider when thinking about entering a career in the engineering industry.

Is an engineering apprenticeship right for you?

As engineering often requires a hands-on, practical approach, an apprenticeship can be the ideal way to qualify. In addition to learning about theoretical methodologies, apprentices benefit from learning practical skills too.

Often, apprentices are given the opportunity to work in the industry whilst studying. This adds to the practical skills taught during your apprenticeship and allows you to gain a real insight into the day-to-day work involved in engineering.

Specialising in your chosen career

Whilst every engineer needs a base knowledge, there are many different types of engineering and you may choose to specialise in a certain area. When undertaking an engineering apprenticeship, you’ll be able to focus on sectors, such as electrical engineering, process engineering and instrumentation engineering.

By specialising in a niche area, you’ll be able to develop your skills further and ensure you are well-equipped to enter the workplace following your apprenticeship in engineering.

Is it too late to start training to be an engineer?

Many people assume that you must start an apprenticeship as soon as you leave school but this isn’t the case at all. Most apprenticeships in engineering are available to people aged between 16-23, so you may still have plenty of time to begin training.

Often, companies value existing work experience, so older trainees may even benefit by bringing their existing skills and expertise into the engineering field.

If you’re interested in a career in engineering or if you might consider apprenticeships in North West England or North Wales, why not get in touch with us today?

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