Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kirby Is Looking Forward to a Bright Future in Engineering

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kirby Is Looking Forward to a Bright Future in Engineering

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MIDDLESBROUGH College student Kirby Worsey is swapping Teesside for an amazing opportunity in the Netherlands.

Kirby, 17, is coming to the end of a Mechanical Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma at Middlesbrough College.

And thanks to the support of lecturers the teenager has now secured a position as assistant design engineer for a leading company in Holland.

The position offers Kirby the chance to earn while she continues to learn - once fully qualified she can expect to command a salary in excess of PS40,000 pa.

"The course has armed me with a wide ranging skillset, and the lecturers have been there at every step," said Kirby.

"Their industry knowledge and the skills they are able to share are what makes the course so good."

Kimberley York, engineering lecturer/STEM co-ordinator, said: "It's a fantastic opportunity and we're thrilled for Kirby.

"It's the start of a very promising career in engineering and Kirby has worked hard to achieve the standards she has."

As part of the Mechanical Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma at Middlesbrough College Kirby studied hydraulics and advanced mechanical principles.

Her studies culminated in the 3D design of a building, in response to a client commission.

It was the standard of that design and her enthusiasm for engineering that secured her the role in Holland.

Kirby is one of scores of young women studying engineering at Middlesbrough College.

Others include Laura Becker, Lacey Harrison, Michelle Goldthorpe, Lauren Joyce, Alice Newson and Jade Rae - all studying the BTEC Mechanical Engineering Extended Diploma.

Kimberley said: "When people think of engineering they can still have this out-dated image that includes boilersuits, steel capped boots and heavy duty equipment.

"We want to change that perception - make people aware that there is a very wide range of roles within Engineering, many of them far removed from the boilersuit image."

"The female students that are currently studying engineering at the college are all very different personalities and they all entered into engineering for very different reasons. …

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