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Morley Academy girls engineer a bright future

As part of National Women in Engineering Day girls from Morley Academy were set a series of tasks themed around the Tour de France. (D512F425)

As part of National Women in Engineering Day girls from Morley Academy were set a series of tasks themed around the Tour de France. (D512F425)

An event dedicated to girls was held at Morley Academy hoping to spark their interests into a potential career in engineering.

Last Monday was National Women in Engineering Day and Leeds engineering and design consultancy, WSP visited the academy, which it adopted as its Launchpad School.

A total of 91 girls took part in the event aimed at engaging more high school and college students, showing them that you don’t have to be a graduate to consider a career in engineering.

The company offers a three-year apprenticeship programme working with schools and colleges to recruit and train early career professionals.

The event saw the girls split into team to work on a series of tasks themed around the upcoming Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

They received an area, such as a development or bridge, along the route which causes an obstacle to the race and had to come up with a solution to the problem. Each team represented a different engineering department including transport, bridges, building structures and environmental.

The event was led by Najwa Jawahar, a female engineer and graduate of Leeds University, who works in the building structures team at WSP. There were four other WSP volunteers helping on the day including Freya Shepherd from the bridges team, Jo Osmond, Chris Blackburn and Richard Earle.

 

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