Chloe was chosen by British Steel to take part in their work experience programme. We asked questions about her overall experience and what her favourite part was. She explained how the skills she had learnt at ENL UTC had helped in the process. Well done Chloe!
- What was your role? How have you found your placement overall?
I was a part of the central engineering team, focusing on engineering drawing and gas pipes. I really loved the placement, it was a great experience and taught me a lot. British Steel was a wonderful place to be.
- Describe a typical day – what kind of things did you get up to?
I would go on site with a supervisor and assess the problem reported by the inspector. Then I would go to the main department to look at the photos of the issue and create a report outlining the problem, and information on the correct materials required. Being accurate and clear was very important.
- What’s been your favourite part?
Getting to work on an actual site as I see different sides of engineering. I loved meeting the engineers and working with them. I enjoyed learning to do engineering drawing accurately.
- What challenges did you face?
Finding the correct part for the gas pipes. Making sure my engineering drawing was accurate.
- What skills have you gained from the placement? And what skills did you get to put to use that you picked up from the UTC or elsewhere?
I used the maths I studied in school, which was a little difficult but it was interesting to see how engineering and maths connect. I have already done engineering drawing in class but this placement let me improve that skill and use it in real life. Now I feel confident enough to say in class ‘this is how you do it’.
- How did you secure the placement? What was the process?
British Steel came to the UTC and spoke about the placements on offer, so after that, I applied. Speaking to them helped me decide to apply and do well in the application process. I completed an online application that wanted to know my details, qualifications, achievements, and why I am applying. Following that, I was interviewed and then completed a health and safety test that introduced me to the site. The interview was okay and I think it was a good experience.
- Having completed the placement how do you feel towards engineering? Is engineering something you want to pursue?
I’ve wanted to do engineering since I was ten, before that, being a firefighter was the aim! I really enjoy engineering and I feel there are so many different areas to choose from, so there’s something for most people. It’s not repetitive so you’re never bored.
- Do you think this placement has benefitted you in terms of looking for a job or going to university?
Yes, I know I want to do an apprenticeship and in the future, I want to look at opportunities at British Steel.
- Do you have any advice for other girls considering engineering or doing a work placement?
Just do it! You need to be strong and hardworking. I think the UTC is the best place to be if you want to do engineering. There are not as many girls as boys here but I think that the girls do progress and have the chance to do so. British Steel is the best place to go for a work experience placement!
Year 10, Central Engineering Team, British Steel