Two Northampton students have been given a £10,000 grant to support their “non-traditional” career choices.
Gina Hemmersley and Courtney Francesca Wells have each been awarded £5,000 to study engineering and manufacturing at Northampton College - vocations deemed “less traditional” for women.
The numbers of women in employment, and the numbers now running small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represents an upward trend that we are keen to encourageJames Whybrow, assistant principal at Northampton College
They were presented with the bursaries by Northampton Borough Council at a ceremony yesterday at the college’s Booth Lane campus, as part of a scheme launched to mark both International Women’s Day on March 8 and National Apprenticeships Week from March 9-13.
Miss Hammersley is due to complete her Level 2 diploma in vehicle refinishing course this year, while Miss Wells has recently started an apprenticeship with Church’s Shoes which is set to expand into the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone.
James Whybrow, assistant principal at Northampton College, said: “We’re delighted that two of our students have been singled out for this significant award and hope that it will really help them to remain focused on their goals of pursuing careers in engineering and manufacturing.
“The numbers of women in employment, and the numbers now running small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represents an upward trend that we are keen to encourage. The college does everything it can to help our women students choose courses and qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths.”
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “The aim of these awards is to help
promote women to think about careers like construction, engineering, technology or science-based industries that are so important for our local economy.
“This new annual award scheme will support young women to consider a wider breadth of career options and perhaps opt for something a little less conventional.”