School Life: Getting Park Lane girls into engineering

Following the visit some students are now considering engineering as a possible career path
Following the visit some students are now considering engineering as a possible career path

As part of STEM month at Park Lane, 11 girls from Year nine and 10 attended a visit at Weir Valves and Controls UK Ltd.

Weir Valves is an international company with sites in numerous countries including locations within Europe, Africa, India, Australia and the USA.

The company manufactures valves which are used within the oil and gas, minerals, and power industry.

The students were able to find out about the different roles available within the company, from technical/ engineering roles to design, HR, finance, sales, and project management.

We found out that engineering has an ageing workforce, therefore more young people are needed in the industry, and as it is a predominantly male industry women are actively encouraged to consider this career path.

Our students were kitted out in steel toe-capped boots and high-visibility jackets and were able to have a tour of the facilities.

They were able to see valves being produced, how the testing process works and also had a chance to have a look around the offices.

Following the visit, some of our students are now considering engineering as a possible career path for the future and some of the Year nine students are considering approaching Weir Valves for their work experience placement in Year 10.