Mansfield Pollard MD Delivers Inspirational Speech to SGHS Students
Joanna Robinson, Managing Director, Mansfield Pollard, has delivered an inspirational speech to the students of Skipton Girls’ High School as part of the International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) celebrations.
The all-girls engineering academy invited female engineers from different aspects and positions to deliver a special series of presentations with the aim of broadening and developing the student’s awareness of the engineering industry.
Joanna round-up the week by sharing her exciting career journey with 100 students from yr7 – 12. She spoke about her role as a woman in a somewhat male-dominated environment, the challenges that she has faced, and the successes that she has enjoyed throughout her thriving career.
The business woman then gave advice on how to enter the industry; discussed the range of diverse and exciting projects that the students could work on; and explained how she promotes the industry to the next generation through her roles in STEER, BESA, and the LEP.
STEER Support and Mentoring. This community interest company was launched by Joanna and three other female built environment and engineering professionals with the objective to connect the world of education to the industry by guiding, mentoring and supporting undergraduates through the transition.
BESA. Joanna is the first-ever female Chair for the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) Ventilation Group. BESA has an agenda to promote women in engineering which she is delighted to support.
LEP. The LEP brings together expertise from the private and public sectors to deliver the LEP’s transformative vision for the City Region: to be a globally recognised economy where good growth delivers high levels of prosperity, jobs and quality of life for everyone.
Ultimately, Joanna’s aim was to encourage the girls to consider a career in engineering and to showcase that through hard work and determination you can achieve anything. She concluded her speech by telling the students to work hard, take risks, and to believe in themselves.
Paul Braden, Curriculum Leader, Skipton Girls’ High School said: “Skipton Girls’ High School was the first ‘all girls school’ to be awarded the specialist Engineering status in the country. It is imperative that we encourage as many girls to enter the differing professions within engineering so that we may begin to fill the void of the current skills shortage.
“To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, we delivered a special series of presentations to the students throughout the week. Female engineers from different aspects, and positions gave a presentation to broaden and develop the student’s awareness of this exciting industry. Removing perceptions of typical stereotypes, opportunities within the sectors and the range of skills that females can bring to a ‘male dominated’ workforce.
“We are thankful for the continued support of Mansfield Pollard, who are becoming one of the schools established industrial partners, who delivered one of the presentations. Joanna Robinson, the Managing Director, made the time to come and deliver the presentation personally, drawing from personal experience, there was a clear message to the students about always striving forward and to never give up on their dreams.”
Speaking about the event Joanna said: “Everything is engineered, in fact, engineering is the way our society progresses and excels. International Women in Engineering Day is a vital platform to promote the industry to our future generation. I champion the work that the Women’s Engineering Society do to encourage women to participate and achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders.
“Supporting schemes such as the International Women in Engineering Day allows us to promote the opportunities that are available in this diverse and exciting industry and shows that through hard work and determination you can progress through the ranks and make a difference in business.
“Being one of the few women in the industry, I am proud to be a spokesperson and share my experiences of working in this innovative sector with the pupils of Skipton Girls High School.
“The work which Paul Braden and his team are doing at the School is truly inspirational and we’re delighted to have another opportunity to support them.”