Girls encouraged to consider a career 
in engineering

Cathkin High pupil Megan Russell gets hands on experience from LAGTA's Steven Leitch.
Cathkin High pupil Megan Russell gets hands on experience from LAGTA's Steven Leitch.

Eurocentral-based LAGTA opened its doors to a group of teenage girls to encourage them to consider a career in engineering.

The motor industry training firm welcomed pupils from Calderside Academy and Cathkin High to inspire them to build careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) as part of the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) project ‘Why Not Get Into ...’.

The girls were offered hands-on industry experience aimed at encouraging them to widen their career options and consider Modern Apprenticeships.

LAGTA operations manager Billy White said: “We hope the pupils who participated in the taster session are encouraged to choose a fulfilling career in engineering.”

Only 13 per cent of all STEM jobs in the UK taken on by women and SDS wants to end this inequality.

Head of national training programmes development Karen Murray said: ““It’s important to ensure everyone has the same access to opportunities no matter their background.

“The activities and role model talks within the event are about encouraging more women to consider a career in engineering and ultimately, improving access to Modern Apprenticeships.”