We thought it was about time we caught up with her to see how things are going!
AM: Hello again! So what is different from this year to last?
SD: In the past year I have been very busy, both in and out of work. I am now a fourth year Mechanical Apprentice at Heysham 2 Power Station, I still volunteer on the Breast Cancer Now charity team and I also try to fit in evenings for local charities including St John’s Hospice and Lancaster Breast Care Unit. I am also now the site lead for the Young Professionals Network (YPN) and I still promote the apprenticeship scheme at local schools.
After many cancelled weekends due to bad weather, I finally got to complete my Tandem Skydive in June. I raised £825 for Breast Cancer Now and the total for the team was a whooping £3,000!
Through the YPN I attended the EDF Energy Senior Leadership Conference; as part of a team we introduced them to the network and got an understanding of what made the leaders of today tick. We were also able to ask questions in the hope of nurturing us into the leaders of tomorrow.
Early last year I completed a blog post for Kendal College, closely followed by a short article in the Education Technology Magazine.
I helped with the Women in Science and Engineering – WISE – People Like Me campaign. Through this campaign I was invited to the WISE Awards last November, what an honour that was! I was able to meet an array of women in engineering roles throughout the UK and abroad. Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Babcock International, the RAF, Siemens, the list of companies was endless!
I have also taken the initiative to do extra training within the apprenticeship scheme. I asked to be trained in Level 2 Health Physics. This is ongoing but I am getting more confident day by day. Hopefully I can complete the last stage before our maintenance shutdown, which is where we do a lot of routine maintenance and inspections. It is a chance to put it all into practice!
AM: What is in my future for the next year?
SD: To qualify! I have exams coming up soon, then our maintenance shutdown and then my interview for a permanent position.
I’d also like to work more closely with schools, improving STEM education and promoting the apprenticeship scheme. I want to help raise even more money with the charity champions for Breast Cancer Now. I want to experience everything I can and make the most of being a woman in engineering.
Then, who knows! Maybe I will get offered a job in Maintenance or maybe Operations. This used to scare me, now I am ready to embrace it – might as well just go for it!
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