5th March 2021
Laura Tunnicliff, who recently completed an Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship at Newcastle College has made the finals of the Women Leaders Association in the 'Rising Star in STEM' award.
Flying the flag for women in STEM, Laura works as a Health & Safety and Environmental Advisor at Hitachi ABB Power Grids in Stone.
Laura completed her apprenticeship 18-months early due to her hard work and dedication to her studies. Laura is no stranger to studying, having previously completed a Degree and Masters Degree at the University of Hull. Laura chose to give up a full-time position in Supply Chain to turn her passion for the environment into a career, and took up an apprenticeship with NSCG employer partner, Hitachi ABB Power Grids. She took this opportunity to develop her understanding of electrical and mechanical engineering and to broaden her skill set.
Commenting on her awards nomination, Laura said; "I think that the work of STEM and organisations like the WLA are imperative, because it’s not just about winning or the awards ceremony, but the very principle. Sometimes just having your hard work and achievements recognised is enough to give you that extra boost in confidence to spur you on to push yourself to accomplish even more and to help lift up others in the process.
Apprenticeships share many of the same preconceptions as the wider engineering industry. It’s important to acknowledge that (whilst there may be further progress to make) there are so many more opportunities open to me now, than there were for my female colleagues before me. Often apprenticeship schemes are still associated with school leavers and people who aren’t necessarily academically accomplished. My experience has shown that this isn’t the case. Through my course I have been able to gain practical skills and experiences that I wouldn’t have been able to obtain otherwise. It doesn’t matter if you change your mind about what you want to do in life and want to change your vocation, because a willingness to learn doesn’t have an age limit."
Amazing Laura, we are so proud to have been part of your apprenticeship journey.
Could a career in engineering be for you? Find out more about our Engineering and Manufacturing apprenticeships at NSCG.