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Lucy Ackland inspires young people into careers in engineering

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Written by: The Business | Posted 12 June 2017 10:13

Lucy Ackland inspires young people into careers in engineering

If ever there was a role model to convince young people that apprenticeships work and can lead to a dynamic career, it is Lucy Ackland, who at 28 years old is now a project manager at Renishaw.

Lucy was the star turn at a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) event for 700 young learners at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s Berkeley Science and Technology Park.

“Energise Your Future” was the result of a partnership between Business West, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, the University of Gloucestershire, Magnox and Horizon.

Its aim was to inspire young people from schools in Gloucestershire and raising awareness of STEM jobs and careers in the county and the South West region.

Lucy went against her school’s advice in Gloucester to join Renishaw as an engineering apprentice aged 16 and hasn’t looked back.

Since then she has gone on to gain a first class honours degree and has become a passionate advocate of women in engineering and STEM subjects, dedicating her time to giving talks and running workshops to give girls the confidence to pursue further study and a career in engineering.

Lucy won the Women’s Engineering Society prize in 2014 and now at 28 years old, leads a number of research projects in Renishaw’s special projects group.

After joining Renishaw as an apprentice from the Kings School in Gloucester, aged just 16, in 2012 Lucy completed a first class engineering honours degree funded by the company, which has an enviable reputation for encouraging apprenticeships.

Renishaw has been at the forefront of the Citizen and Echo’s campaign on apprenticeships and our setting up of the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards.

“I’m pleased to be considered as a role model for future generations of female engineers”, said Lucy.

“I believe engineering is a really enjoyable career choice but sometimes people are put off by misleading stereotypes.”

Ian Mean, director of Business West in Gloucestershire said: “Lucy is an amazing role model for young people looking at studying the STEM subjects and then looking at jobs and careers in those areas.

“This is the age of the engineer and Lucy proves that girls, as well as boys, have the skills and application to achieve in engineering at the highest level.

“Engineering, particularly in aerospace, is what made Gloucestershire a great county for its specialist skills. Role models like Lucy are again helping to preserve and progress that heritage by encouraging young people to study STEM and become engineers.

“The world literally is their oyster. The opportunities are so exciting for them.”

Thirty companies showcased job opportunities on offer to STEM students at the all-day event.














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