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Student Story: Katelyn

3 January 2018 (by Sero Creative (SeroCreative))

Meet Katelyn one of our female engineers at UTC Leeds.

Budding Engineer Katelyn joined UTC Leeds to get a head start for her career: ‘I joined UTC Leeds because I thought I would get a better education here, I’d heard recommendations from others. It was a fresh start and Engineering is what I want to go into. There aren’t many girls in Engineering at the moment and it’s a great opportunity for me to get ahead. UTC has good connections and I know that I’ll be able to get a job, or it will help me get to university.’ Katelyn is now studying towards her GCSEs and technical qualifications in English Language/Literature, Maths, Science, Computing, Systems Control, Geography, and Engineering and Machinery. She is already paving the way to be a successful female Engineer in a male dominated profession: ‘I think it can be a problem for girls, trying to get into Engineering. If you aren’t referred to a great specialist school like this, you might not have as good a chance.’ Although Katelyn only joined the UTC this September she already feels she’s made the right choice: ‘I feel a great sense of achievement here. I’ve made machines work that I’ve never seen or used before. Here you get to do things you can’t do. I feel like I’m learning more and I feel I can get along with the teachers better here. There is a sense of community. There are less people and it’s very welcoming.’