Supporting Virtual Work Shadowing Day 2021

Working with the Women's Engineering Society

Last week, Stirling Dynamics once more took part in the Women’s Engineering Society’s (WES) Virtual Work Shadowing Day. This yearly event is part of the society’s pledge to support businesses to attract and retain women in engineering and is organised by their London Cluster. Stirling Dynamics has been a corporate partner of WES since 2019, and this is the second year that the organisation has been involved in this work shadowing initiative. On the company’s continued participation Stirling’s HR Manager, Natasha Storey, commented:

“Stirling Dynamics is committed to inspiring and supporting more people to take up a career in engineering. We took part in the WES work shadowing day last year and are excited to support the scheme again this year, intending to encourage the next generation of female engineers. We hope that providing an insight into the kind of work that engineers get involved with, and creating an open environment where the students can ask any questions they may have, will help to break down barriers and encourage more people to consider engineering as a career.”

The company hosted three female students for the day and presented a full schedule of virtual presentations and interactive sessions, allowing the students plenty of opportunities to learn and ask questions. The day kicked off early with an introduction to the organisation by Stirling Dynamics’ Vice President, Dan Clark, who outlined the various business units and the history of the company. This was followed by a presentation from Engineering Director, Trajan Seymour, who introduced the company’s specialist areas of engineering expertise, followed by case studies presented by some of Stirling’s engineers.

The students also took part in a women’s panel event, which was a great networking opportunity, giving the students time with female engineers and project managers to ask questions and discuss the field of engineering from a female perspective. The culmination of the day saw the three students present on one of the topics that they had learned about earlier in the day to a panel of Stirling Dynamics staff.

Commenting on her experience, second-year Electrical Engineering student Husna, stated: “It is such an honourable and precious experience to meet with industry professionals. The team is beyond supportive in realising our dreams to become future engineers!”. Additionally, aspiring lower sixth student, Sophie, furthered this, saying: “It was a great experience and I learned a lot about the range of things I could look forward to in the future by studying engineering.”

For more information on the WES and the great work they do, visit their website and see how you can get involved!