Emma Roberts, a Fairfield’s Applications Engineer, was awarded the WES Top 50 Women In Engineering Award. This award helps raise awareness of women who work in engineering with the aim of changing perceptions and encouraging more young women to consider engineering as a career. This year the award theme is Current and Former Apprentices, WES hope to highlight the the terrific opportunities that engineering apprenticeships can offer.
Currently women make up around 12% of engineers in the UK and just over 7% of engineering apprentices are female.
The winners were presented with their awards at the WES Afternoon Tea Event Held at the Royal Academy of Engineering on Monday 24th June 2019.
You can view a full list of all the winners here, the award winners were also featured in a supplement in the Guardian newspaper.
Emma started at Fairfields as an Apprentice Engineer back in 2012. Apprentices gain hands on experience in the workplace and onsite 4 days per week and attend college 1 day per week to complete an HNC/HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering over a 3 year programme. Emma completed her higher apprenticeship in 2015, collecting an award for Regional Apprentice of the Year along the way in 2014. She has been employed full-time since 2015 and now works as an Applications Engineer, and was supported and sponsored by Fairfields to complete her degree for an additional 2 years.
For Emma’s apprenticeship story, click here
For more information on an Apprenticeship at Fairfields, click here