engineeringwomenA&E Fire Protection has attended its first Careers Day at a girls-only grammar school this month, as part of its new strategy to educate girls about the wealth of opportunities presented by the engineering field.

The leading fire defence specialists are speaking directly to students to inform them about their options before they make the decisions which  will later shape their future, such as GCSE selection.

Amelia Wood, the service engineer who represents the company, explained; "It’s important that girls understand their options. The perception still remains that engineering is for boys, but that’s just not the case. We need to get the message out there that engineering is for everyone."

Considering her own career path, Amelia commented; “My friends and family were really surprised when I made the decision to become an engineer following a work experience week, but now they can see that it really suits me. I’ve been with the company since I was 16 and now, at 25, I’ve worked my way up to become a fully qualified service engineer. The role is so practical and varied – there’s always something to be done and never any clock watching!”

A&E Fire Protection regularly recruits assistant engineers and is hoping to see an increase in the number of female applicants for the roles.

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