Manufacturing Girl Power

Aretha Franklin and the Eurythmics once sang ‘sisters are doin it for themselves’ and that is certainly the case at In-Comm Training in the Black Country and Shropshire.

The Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ training provider has seen a surge in the number of female apprentices choosing a career in engineering and manufacturing and the girls are proving to have an extremely positive impact on their employers.

Lucy Trow-Gladston and Becca Hayes are two prime examples, both embracing the vocational learning route to take their first steps towards a career in industry for Collins Aerospace and ERIKS respectively.

Both have relished the chance to learn vital skills on the job whilst progressing through their courses in Business Administration and Mechatronics, with their focus now being on completing Degrees in their specialist fields.

Lucy Trow-Gladston

Lucy Trow-Gladston

“I’ve come to an apprenticeship quite late,” admitted Lucy, who is currently training to become Apprenticeship Manager for Collins Aerospace’s sites in the UK.

“Initially I went to University, but it never really sat right with me as I’m not comfortable in an academic setting. I much prefer to learn in real life environments and that’s exactly what I’m doing with In-Comm Training and my employer.”

She continued: “My first role was in supply chain, but then I got moved across to HR and absolutely love my current job where I am involved in STEM engagement activities and supporting our 50-strong team of apprentices.

“Doing a Degree Apprenticeship is working really well for me and, once I’ve achieved my Level 5, I’ll look at other personal development opportunities that will help me with future jobs.”

Becca Hayes is hoping that her apprenticeship will help her achieve her long-term aim of working in renewables, so she can do her bit for the planet.

She has already passed her Level 2 NVQ and is now working towards her Mechatronics Level 3, as well as self-financing a degree through the Open University.

Becca Hayes

Becca Hayes

“This route has given me a solid base understanding of the world of engineering and how I can apply theory from In-Comm Training to solve everyday challenges I face when working on electro-mechanical repairs at ERIKS,” added Becca, who works nationwide on projects.

She concluded: “The ‘bottom-up’ approach of an apprenticeship gives you the broadest knowledge base and best chance of achieving your goals. I’d definitely recommend it to other young girls who are considering a practical career in industry.”