Grants will help women succeed in a man’s world

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Women who want to learn skills for careers which are often thought of as being only for men are being invited to apply for grants.

Sheffield-based charity WEST – Women in Engineering, Science and Technology – is offering cash help of up to £500 to women studying for jobs and opportunities in science and technology, including a range of manual trades from electrical engineering and car mechanics through to plumbing and construction.

The deadline for bursaries is Wednesday. For details, including the application form, see www.westskills.org.uk, or call Denise Eaton, from WEST, based at Sheffield Hallam Univeristy, on 0114 225 4677.

Hannah Smith, from Sheffield was awarded a WEST bursary last year.

It enabled her to do a five -day intensive course in bicycle mechanics and she has used her new skills at an asylum-seekers’ bicycle project.

Hannah said: “By the end, I stripped my bike, cleaned, serviced and returned every part. I learnt to use more than 20 tools and how to check for wear and adjust 28 parts.

“I now am planning to get more involved with the bike project, and to help with female bike maintenance classes at Sheffield University.

“And I can now ride my bike safe in the knowledge I can fix any problems at the roadside.”