Tomorrows Engineers: Student Spotlight

Saffie Heselton and Bethan Lynas are the only girls selected to join Redcar and Cleveland College’s Engineering Expressway programme.

Saffie Heselton and Bethan Lynas are the only girls selected to join Redcar and Cleveland College’s Engineering Expressway programme.
Saffie has had a keen interest in the world of engineering since a very early age and at the age of 12 she was selected to be a Tata Steel Industrial Cadet. Her ambitions are big and one day she hopes to work in the oil and gas industry. 

One of Saffie’s dreams is to try and break the stereotype of the engineering world being dominated by men. She said “There are definitely too few women working in these sectors. Girls seem to be very closed minded about careers involving the STEM subjects, they think the jobs are dirty and strenuous, but the choice is so diverse. I think girls need more information.”

Bethan was on route to follow her studies onto university to study Engineering one day but she now says: “The Expressway Route programme is excellent because it has enabled me to start studying engineering whilst still at school, so when I leave I will already have qualifications and a lot of knowledge.”

Bethan hopes that she can secure an engineering apprenticeship in renewable energy to help further her career one day. She hopes that more girls will follow her role and pursue a STEM related subject. “More girls should definitely get involved in the STEM subjects. There are so many opportunities to travel, which really interests me.” 

Saffie and Bethan added “Thanks to the Career Ready programme we have been able to experience different avenues in Engineering are determined to be real trailblazers in the industSaffie Heselton and Bethan Lynas are the only girls selected to join Redcar and Cleveland College’s Engineering Expressway programme.

Saffie has had a keen interest in the world of engineering since a very early age and at the age of 12 she was selected to be a Tata Steel Industrial Cadet. Her ambitions are big and one day she hopes to work in the oil and gas industry. 

One of Saffie’s dreams is to try and break the stereotype of the engineering world being dominated by men. She said “There are definitely too few women working in these sectors. Girls seem to be very closed minded about careers involving the STEM subjects, they think the jobs are dirty and strenuous, but the choice is so diverse. I think girls need more information.”

Bethan was on route to follow her studies onto university to study Engineering one day but she now says: “The Expressway Route programme is excellent because it has enabled me to start studying engineering whilst still at school, so when I leave I will already have qualifications and a lot of knowledge.”

Bethan hopes that she can secure an engineering apprenticeship in renewable energy to help further her career one day. She hopes that more girls will follow her role and pursue a STEM related subject. “More girls should definitely get involved in the STEM subjects. There are so many opportunities to travel, which really interests me.” 

Saffie and Bethan added “Thanks to the Career Ready programme we have been able to experience different avenues in Engineering are determined to be real trailblazers in the industry.”