Held at Truro High School, over 200 Year 8 girls from schools across the county will take part in a range of interactive sessions designed to excite their interest in engineering as a career.
Just over 12% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female. With the aim of redressing this imbalance, every year Truro High School joins the many thousands celebrating International Women in Engineering Day worldwide in order to raise awareness of women in the engineering industry and the career opportunities available.
To help them discover the many opportunities on offer, representatives from a number of different businesses and organisations were on hand to chat about their own experiences and demonstrate what their jobs involved.
The companies involved are Whiskerstay, the University of Exeter, Watson Marlow, the Roseland Observatory, Ward Williams Associates, the Institution of Civil Engineers, Kier Construction, the Army, Allen & Heath, Cornwall College, RNAS Culdrose, Falmouth Marine School, Camborne School of Mines, Truro & Penwith College, 3D Kernow CIC, Cornwall Software, Pendennis Shipyard, Corserv Ltd, SERCO, Cornwall Council, North Coast Consulting and West Pharmaceutical Services.
The event rounds off a fantastic year for Truro High. Following the launch of its bespoke programme for aspiring engineers last September, this spring the school received the news that it has become the first in the country to be recognised as an official motorsports club by Motorsport UK. A first in UK automotive history, this enables the school’s students to be involved in high-profile events hosted by the organisation and even go all the way to operating trackside at international Formula 1 events.