A local apprentice is celebrating becoming the first female level 4 engineering apprentice for Sisna Park Plymouth.
When Danielle Scott was 15, she completed some engineering work experience organised through her school.
“I then started to enjoy making things at home, helping my Dad out with the bikes and issues with the cars, just really getting stuck in,” she continued.
“My parents then suggested looking into the engineering route, that’s how it all started.”
Danielle Scott started as an apprentice in September 2016 with MARS Wrigley Confectionery, attending college at The Cornwall College Group’s Plymouth Engineering Skills Centre, Sisna Park.
She achieved the highest grades in the Level 3 engineering apprenticeship and has progressed onto the higher apprenticeship studying for a HNC Level 4 in Engineering.
“I had to work really hard to get into the Level 4, I was up against lots of males, that’s what drove me to be chosen to do the HNC,” Danielle explained.
“I am really proud of myself, being the first female, I’ve got to prove to everyone that I can do it. Just because you are a female doesn’t mean you can’t achieve this.”
In the next five years Danielle would like to be a valued associate of MARS Wrigley Confectionery with some authority who members of the team can rely on.
“I want to be the best I can be and complete my HNC to the highest grade possible,” she explained.
Training and Education Leader at MARS Wrigley Confectionery, Chris Shaw, said “Danielle has always been extremely focussed on securing a position within the engineering department, which she has successfully secured.”
“Danielle is an asset to the company and is progressing very well within our organisation,” he added.
Business Development Manager at Cornwall College Business (CCB), Jane Wickett, said Danielle is a “role model to the younger female apprentices at Sisna Park and is a well-respected associate of MARS Wrigley Confectionery.”
Danielle said the facilities at Sisna Park are fantastic.
“You learn so much whilst you are here, and the lecturers have a wealth of knowledge and are always happy to help you,” she said.
“The equipment here is what you see in your company’s workshop, it’s nice to have that insight before you actually go to the company.”
Any females questioning if they able to work in a more male dominated industry, Danielle says “go for it”.
“If you like science, maths or technology then engineering is definitely worth looking into,” she said.
“There really are some great career opportunities.”