Greater Manchester students took part in a special event, to support an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering.
A group of female students from Trafford College visited Metrolink’s Trafford depot, built by MPT, and given a special tour of the facility, presentations and the chance to meet and question senior female engineers.
The students were also taken, by tram, to view MPT’s current construction site at St Peters Square and were later shown a 3D projection of future Metrolink extension projects.
The event was organised by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Metrolink RATP Dev Limited (MRDL) and M-Pact Thales (MPT) in support of today’s National Women in Engineering Day (NWED). Now in its third year, the NWED aims to generate awareness of the variety of career opportunities available to women in the industry.
TfGM Head of Rail, Amanda White, said: “This was a very positive event and I’m confident that we were able to inspire, inform and enthuse our guests through a balance of information and practical demonstration.
Chloe Day, section engineer for MPT, said: “This event saw engineers from three different engineering organisations share their experience of working to develop, build and maintain Manchester’s continually expanding transport infrastructure. I believe that events, like the one Tuesday, will go some way to encouraging more young women into a career in engineering, or at least, opening their eyes to the possibility of a career in an industry that they may not of heard of or previously understood before.”
Trafford College student, Katie Chung, said: “Before I came to the event today, I had never seriously considered engineering as a career choice, but today has really alerted me to the opportunities available.
“I’ve realised that it isn’t just one job, it’s a whole spectrum of varied jobs.”