A former Ellon Academy pupil has been inspired by her father to follow a career in engineering.
Louise Brown, 18, who lives in Hatton, is proving that equality and diversity are not an issue in the sector by working on a Modern Apprenticeship course in mechanical engineering
Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs until tomorrow (Friday), is celebrating the benefits modern apprenticeships bring to businesses, and demonstrating that women are being welcomed into the engineering sector.
At Aberdeen-based ITCA Training, Louise and Charmaine Burgess, 16, from Carnoustie, near Dundee, are carrying out their apprenticeships whilst working for Netherly-based ALBA Power, a dedicated support services firm to the aeroderivative/industrial industry.
Louise said: “I originally wanted to join the police, but after seeing how much my dad and grandad enjoyed working in the oil and gas industry my passion for the sector grew, as did my ambition to be like them.”
Although the girls are only in the first year of their modern apprenticeship, they both have high objectives for their future in the sector.
Louise added: “I’m very determined to get as high as I can in the industry.
“I’m not sure if the offshore side of the business is right for me at the moment, but I would love to work abroad at some point in my career.”
June Jones, managing director of ITCA, said: “It is extremely refreshing to see two enthusiastic young women working hard to get their break into an engineering environment, and both girls are already excelling with their practical skills. They fit in well to our training environment.”