8 October 2015

Derby College has teamed up with Rolls-Royce plc to organise an event to raise the profile of career opportunities in the engineering industry for females.

An information evening will be held in the Engineering Academy at Derby College’s Roundhouse campus in Pride Park on Wednesday 21 October between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

In addition to a range of workshop activities, there will be an opportunity for females of all ages who are interested in engineering to talk to female engineers from Rolls-Royce.

As well as being engineers they are also science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) ambassadors, and are just a few of the 1000 Rolls-Royce STEM ambassadors committed to promoting STEM in their local communities.

Rolls-Royce Education Outreach Manager, Nicola Swaney, explained:

"Rolls-Royce actively works with schools and colleges to inspire interest and encourage diversity amongst those taking STEM subjects.

“Two of our female engineers will be there to talk about the opportunities our Apprentice and Graduate schemes offer and will also be running various interactive STEM activities.

“Engineering is traditionally seen as a male-dominated industry, but by supporting events like these Rolls-Royce is challenging that perception and emphasising the opportunities available.”

Derby College, a member of emfec, offers a wide range of engineering courses at both its Derby and Ilkeston campuses.

Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino continued: “It is important that we raise the profile of Engineering as a career as this is the backbone of the local and regional economy.

“Nationally, according to the Royal Academy of Engineers, around 100,000 new science, technology, engineering and maths graduates are needed every year to fulfil the job opportunities in the UK.

“Engineering can be seen as a male-dominated industry. Indeed just 10% of engineers in the UK are currently women.

“We therefore need to encourage more females into the STEM subjects and particularly engineering.”

To register for the event, please visit the Derby College website.