The future for women in engineering is “definitely bright” according to Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering apprentice Kerry Bryant, who came through the TXM Academy/Developing U apprenticeship programme.
Following National Apprenticeship Week and International Women’s Day, Bryant described her story about entering the engineering industry from an apprenticeship programme.
“I wanted a career that would allow me to be creative and something that would be challenging and allow me to keep growing and learning,” said Bryant.
“There is a lot to learn in engineering; you get to come up with ideas and think on your feet, and you will always learn new knowledge and skills.
“Apprenticeships are a perfect balance between work and learning. I have always found it best to learn by doing, so apprenticeships work really well for me.
“I also get the chance to learn theory and practical skills at college which helps give me a good all round knowledge and understanding of engineering. It is a great way to get your foot in the door.”
Bryant came through the apprenticeship programme with TXM Recruit’s sister company, Developing U, where she started the pathway for a career in the engineering industry.
“TXM have helped support my learning and development as an apprentice. The tutors are always there for guidance and will help you learn at your own pace.
“The programme is very diverse, and I have learnt a lot about different aspects of engineering.
“TXM have given me a strong foundation of engineering knowledge which has helped me with my day to day work. It is nice to know that you have tutors you can talk to if you have any questions about specific engineering topics, future career paths or support for apprentices.”
Now, Bryant is part of the team at Cambridge-based AIM Composites and believes there are lots of chances for females, just like her, to follow a similar pathway into the industry.
“I think a lot of females have maybe never even considered engineering as an option because it is considered such a male orientated role. However, engineering has so much to offer. It is challenging, rewarding and a career with a strong future.
“I think the future is definitely bright, there are now endless opportunities for women in engineering. It is a growing field with a diverse range of roles so there is something to suit all types of women.”