24 June 2016

Jocelyn Cole is achieving great things in the world of engineering and proving to be an inspirational figure for women in the industry.

Following school, Jocelyn was one of the first females to complete a BTEC National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at North Lindsey College. Jocelyn then progressed to Sheffield Hallam University, completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and then going on to study an MBA in Industrial Management.

Jocelyn started work Penny Hydraulics Ltd at the age of 20 and has worked there for eleven years and has worked her way up to a General Manager’s post.

During her time at Penny Hydraulics Ltd, based in Chester, Jocelyn has been involved with a pioneering design automation project and now as a result of this project, she is one of the faces of The Future of British Manufacturing Initiative. The initiative focus is on gaining a better understanding of the trends that are shaping the design and manufacturing industry and learning how other companies are responding to them.

Jess Penny (Penny Hydraulics Ltd General Manager, Sales)said:

“Jocelyn is a superb role model within our industry and I hope that her story will inspire more young people to consider or further a career in engineering.”

Jocelyn gained international recognition of her engineering competence and commitment on June 8 2016 when she was awarded "Chartered" status by the Engineering Council. To gain this status, Jocelyn had to demonstrate her level of skills, knowledge and understanding within the profession, as well as proving that she was well respected internationally.

Jocelyn said:

“If you are naturally methodical, process driven and love to solve problems, engineering gives the ideal platform to exercise this on a daily basis. Engineering allows you to come up with solutions no one else has thought of and make your mark on the world, it’s a great outlet for the imagination, making it the perfect career choice for independent thinkers.

“Engineering takes teamwork, and you’ll work with all kinds of people inside and outside the field. You are likely to be surrounded by intelligent, inspiring people throughout your career. In addition, engineering gives you the chance to have a positive effect on everyday life and thus give back to your community, whether you are involved with highways safety, green energy or lifting equipment, engineers have the ability to save lives, reduce poverty, prevent disease, and protect the environment.”

Engineering is a fantastic career with a broad range of opportunities. North Lindsey College believes it is really important to encourage both girls and boys as teenagers to consider engineering as their career path and it's great to have a brilliant role model like Jocelyn to demonstrate what can be achieved.

North Lindsey College is the largest provider of post-16 education and training in North Lincolnshire, offering a wide range of further education programmes, both vocational and academic, and apprenticeship courses at a range of levels.