Scottish Apprenticeship week will celebrate the benefits Modern Apprenticeships bring to businesses, and demonstrate that women are being welcomed into the engineering sector.
At Aberdeen-based ITCA Training, Louise Brown, 18, from Hatton,is proving that equality and diversity are not an issue in the engineering sector by working on a Modern Apprenticeship course in mechanical engineering.
Louise, who is carrying out her apprenticeship whilst working for Aberdeenshire-based turbine service provider, Alba Power, was inspired to follow a career in engineering by her father.
Former Ellon Academy pupil, Louise, said: “I originally wanted to join the police, but after seeing how much my dad and granddad enjoyed working in the oil and gas industry my passion for the sector grew, as did my ambition to be like them.”
Although Louise is only in her first year of the Modern Apprenticeship, she has high objectives for her future in the industry.
She 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.”
June Jones, managing director of ITCA, said: “It is extremely refreshing to see enthusiastic young women working hard to get their break into an engineering environment, and Louise is already excelling with her practical skills.
“She fits in well to the training environment at ITCA and works closely with all our learners to achieve the best results. They all learn a great deal from each other as well as from the experienced staff at ITCA and it is great to see how enthusiastic they all are.”