‘For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to do engineering. I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t’

Jessica Hawkesworth is an apprentice engineer with Tata Steel
Jessica Hawkesworth is an apprentice engineer with Tata Steel
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Jessica Hawkesworth is an apprentice engineer with Tata Steel who has completed a BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in Engineering at The Sheffield College, and won a bursary from WEST.

She says: “When I was a little girl I wanted to be a construction engineer. My inspiration for wanting to be involved in engineering is my dad. He’s been involved in it all his life and has been encouraging me throughout everything I do.

“For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to do engineering. I can’t really remember a time that I didn’t! My career plan is hopefully to have a full-time job at Tata Steel after I finish my apprenticeship. I think it’s the fact that most of the work I do is all hands on – that’s the main reason I love engineering.”

n Audrey Chivaura is completing a BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in engineering at The Sheffield College, she also won a bursary from WEST.

She said: “With engineering, I like that you can look at something and know everything about how it is made and how it all came about. It’s easy to pick up a product and think ‘oh that’s cool’ but I want to know why they chose certain materials. I’ve made an electrocardiograph that you can wear for more than 48 hours for people with a history of strokes or heart disease in their families and it keeps all the information logged in the system and the chip reacts to any abnormalities. It sends a signal to the hospital and they’ll just check up on you to make sure you are alright.

“There’s a lot of maths but you learn to love it after a while. In my class there’s only one other girl. I am working towards doing robotics or mechanical engineering and go into the prosthetic sides of research. Don’t listen to what other people tell you about engineering – it’s not all grease and muck and boys being rude! It’s so much easier, and you stand out from the crowd.”