For anyone considering a career in motorsport engineering, students Jasmine Stuart, Charlotte Bowen, Charlotte Hosick and Dariene Adams are great examples of how women are embracing the subject and pushing boundaries. The girls are just a handful of young women across the province pursuing a career in the male dominated industry.
Jasmine, Charlotte Bowen and Dariene are in the second year of the Level 3 diploma in motorsport engineering course at the College, which is the equivalent to three A levels. While Charlotte Hosick is in first year of the course.
20-year-old Jasmine said that she ‘always wanted to do something out of her comfort zone’ and ‘having been brought up around motorbikes, this was the ideal course for me’. She said that it was also the encouragement from her parents and friends that gave her the confidence to go for what she wanted to do. After completing her GCSE’s Jasmine decided to enol to SERC, as she wanted something ‘hands-on’.
“I decided to study motorsports engineering because I love hands-on, practical learning - I find it much easier to remember. This year I’ve been learning skills such as welding and fabrication and I’m really enjoying it. On completion of the course I want to progress to university to specialise in mechatronics or mechanical engineering and studying this course will help me get there.”
However, she said:
"I don’t want to leave SERC as I love it. I have ADHD and dyslexia and at school I was made to feel like a child and there was a stigma around the condition. However, at SERC we are encouraged to ask questions. At school I was told I can’t do this and I can’t do that but at SERC I am not embarrassed to ask for help. I have learnt more at SERC than I ever did at school and I wish I came here sooner.
“I saw the course on the website and decided to apply for it. I then attended the open day and enrolled onto the course. On the first day of college we started learning. It was great.” Jasmine continued, “I’m only 5ft and people think I can’t do this type of job with the heavy workload but my advice to others is just go for what you want to do. There are three females in the class and I have made friends for life, we car share and everyone in the class is like a family.”
After completing her AS levels and not getting the grades she needed to progress to university 17-year-old student Charlotte Hosick decided to enol to SERC to do something she was interested in.
"My advice to others is to consider SERC. Visit the campus and speak to the tutors and see for yourself. There is no stereotype of person that attends college. I am a former grammar pupil and my parents encouraged me to follow my passion. The facilities are great and the building is very modern. I wish I came to SERC after my GCSE’s."
Tutor Basil Barnes said:
“I think it’s fantastic to see so many women signing up for what have traditionally been seen as male dominated industries. Young women have the skills and talent to excel in the industry and I would encourage them not to be put off by the male-dominated educational environment. We welcome female enrolments on our courses and would encourage more females to enrol.”
Jasmines mum said:
“For many years, I believed traditional education was the correct way to go for a higher standard education. It was a belief that was in my family for generations. Now, having gained first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of what further education offers I would definitely encourage other parents to consider SERC as a first choice for their children.
I had heard good things about the staff at SERC, and when Jasmine started studying, I could see why. It is an extremely helpful, supportive and friendly environment. As a parent I wanted the assurance that the education Jasmine received would prepare her to survive in the ‘real world’ and give her an opportunity to improve her employability skills in an increasingly competitive job market and SERC does just that.”
College principal Ken Webb said:
“I would encourage more females to study engineering subjects and pursue a career in this exciting industry. Parents play a vital role in influencing their children’s career choice – and they are a vital target audience if we want to inspire more young people to take up engineering-related subjects. I would encourage prospective students and their parents to visit our information day on 7 March from 2pm-8pm to see for themselves what the College has to offer.”