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8th March 2021

College lecturer inspires new generation of female mechanics for International Women’s Day


College lecturer inspires new generation of female mechanics for International Women’s Day

In a male-dominated industry, a female Motor Vehicle lecturer from Cornwall College is encouraging more young women to consider a career in the automotive sector.

Viv Collings, a Study Programme Manager from the College’s St Austell campus, is looking to grow awareness of the opportunities available for local females interested in the career path.

“You need to have a strong head as a female to join the motor vehicle industry,” Viv explained.

“Although it is a more male-orientated sector, it is a trade for everyone, and women can really achieve. I work closely with our female students to help them feel confident, the mandatory work experience on our courses has really opened the door for our students to go into the workplace and show what they can do.”

Viv, who changed her own path as a qualified nail technician to pursue her passion for auto repair, is motivated to help students to chase their dream career.

With female mechanics now accounting for around 10 per cent of the workforce in the UK, a rise of 125 per cent since 2011, it seems the stereotype around women working as mechanics is slowly fading.

“The Automotive Engineering courses available at Cornwall College St Austell allow our learners to gain a wealth of knowledge in the industry. We nurture each individual and give them the skills and knowledge to progress in their chosen career. An industry work experience placement is essential at all levels and allows our learners to gain real live experience in their chosen specialism.”

Student Holly Treleaven, studies Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair and is one of four female students in the motor vehicle department at Cornwall College St Austell.

“It’s great to have a female lecturer teaching motor vehicle, it makes it a bit less daunting being in a more male environment,” said Holly.

The Cornwall College Group is continuing to invest heavily in staff training, facilities and student experiences.

If you’re interested in studying Motor Vehicle, or any other courses with Cornwall College, you can find out more at a virtual taster event on 23rd March. Book your place at www.cornwall.ac.uk/events

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