Talent 2030 arranged for a class of female pupils to visit the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer.
27 year 8 and 9 pupils from The Market Bosworth School travelled down to Eurocopter at Oxford airport on 3 Januarary for a once in a lifetime tour around the exciting helicopter factory. The girls were also given a special talk from Talent 2030 Project Manager Olivia Jones and a female engineer Belen Villaamil who talked about her role as an aeronautical safety engineer for Eurocopter.
The aim behind this trip was to inform and inspire the pupils and leave them with a greater insight into the life of an engineer and manufacturer and what it takes to become one.
In the afternoon they travelled to Balliol College to learn more about studying science at university, the options they can choose from and also to learn more about university life in general.
The young girls had a great time looking at helicopters in more detail, learning about aerofoils, using different types of helicopter controls and understanding their functions. They were also free to ask questions which indicated a keen interest many of them shared.
Talent 2030 Project Manager Olivia Jones said “This trip has been a fantastic opportunity for the girls to experience and learn about the reality of engineering. Based on their enthusiasm and the insightful questions they have been asking today I think we have successfully shown that engineering is an exciting and achievable future career choice for them.”
Belen Villaamil, of Eurocopter said “It was a very good experience, I really enjoyed it. All the girls were taking active part in the presentations and it feels good to see their interest in what we do.This project is an excellent idea and very educative for the girls, I think it is great for the girls to listen directly from engineers the kind of work and opportunities that they could have in the future, I really hope this helps to bring more girls, and more people in general, to engineering.”
When asked about such opportunities a few years ago Belen explained there wasn’t any of this kind “When I was finishing high school we visited some universities to receive info about different degrees but I didn’t have this kind of introduction to what a real engineering work means at that early age.”
The pupils were keen to give their feed-back on the day and used words such as “exciting, inspiring and amazing” to describe their trip.
Eurocopter UK Limited is a British company, backed by the Eurocopter Group and an EADS company (who is a funder of Talent 2030 also) providing high-quality products and services for all helicopter markets.
Talent 2030 is an ambitious campaign to encourage more talented young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering – including software development. Talent 2030 is particularly focused on inspiring more girls to consider careers in these sectors, working jointly with business and universities to undertake outreach into schools and colleges. For further Talent 2030 updates follow them on Twitter @Talent_2030.