12th February 2020

At UTC Leeds we believe that engineering, technology and science-based roles are great opportunities for women. Our ‘Trendsetters’ are fantastic inspirations to our current and future female students here at UTC Leeds.

We visited our employer partner, Stantec, to talk to three young women about their current apprenticeship or job and why they’ve decided to pursue a career in this sector.

Alise, a former UTC Leeds student, is now a Level 3 Civil Engineer Apprentice at Stantec. She spends two days a week working in a Civil Team to complete projects, another two days working alongside a Data Team and once a week she attends college to complete her Level 3 BTEC in a construction environment. Alise has always had a passion for engineering and believes her time at UTC Leeds inspired her to pursue this. She said: “My experience at UTC Leeds developed my technical skills. I learnt how to work on machinery such as a manual miller and 3D printer and also how to use CAD software.

“Working with top employers, such as Braime and Siemens, prepared me for my apprenticeship at Stantec, as I got the chance to work in a team on projects and present our finding to an audience.”

Find out more about Alise here.

Lucy is a Graduate Civil Engineer at Stantec who is currently working towards being a Chartered Engineer. On a day-to-day basis she spends her time talking to clients about the projects she’s working on, as well as designing sewers and other infrastructures. Lucy has always been interested in architecture, which developed into a passion for civil and structural engineering. She said: “Once I started university, I also enjoyed learning about the built environment, geography and the water industry!”

Find about more about Lucy here.

Anisa, a Level 3 Assistant Civil Technician Apprentice at Stantec, is working to towards her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. Anisa’s interest in her surroundings, such as bridges and buildings, as well as her strengths in maths and science, is what encouraged her to go down the engineering route. Moving forward, Anisa hopes to go onto higher education: “I would also love to become a Charted Engineer in the Future!”

Find out more about Anisa here.

You can find more Trendsetter stories on our Industry Showcase page.

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