A new Dawn for girls in engineering

Monday 9 January 2017

Dawn Fitt, a former Young Woman Engineer of the Year is showing the way for young people into careers in electrical and electronic engineering at Bedford College.

A training co-ordinator who undertakes assessments in workplace and teacher of Level 2 Electrical/Electronic apprentices, Dawn is a past President of the Women’s Engineering Society.

Dawn is also Chair of the Adjudicating Panel for the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award, so she is keeping in touch with new talent.

Following in the footsteps of her father, an engineer, Dawn did an electrical/electronic apprenticeship in her then home of Worcestershire before working her way through digital control systems and on to project management. When she switched to STEM (science technology engineering maths) promotion in schools she said it was because: “I did an apprenticeship and wanted to put something back by encouraging others to follow that path. As President of the Women’s Engineering Society I wanted to show how important the apprenticeship route is to encouraging people into the industry.”

“The Institution of Engineering and Technology has a campaign to increase the number of girls becoming engineers and would like to see Bedford College showing the way.”

Bedford College has a number of female apprentices and trainees across a range of engineering STEM disciplines but welcomes applications from those who want to pursue a career in this field.

For more information and to apply go to bedford.ac.uk/our-courses/subjects/engineering