Holly gained a mechanical assemblies fitter position with Hull-based The Water Hydraulics Company Ltd after leaving school. Holly has been in the role for three years and is completing her NVQ Level 3 in Engineering, Manufacturing Apprenticeship Framework.
She is the company’s only female engineer and is responsible for assembling customised pumps, motors and valves for water hydraulics systems used across the world.
“When I was growing up, a lot of girls my age thought engineering was a job for boys. It was seen as being boring manual labour in dirty overalls, which is why they didn’t consider it as a serious career option. It’s these misconceptions that are resulting in low numbers of females working in these sectors.
“The variety of opportunities for women in engineering are not showcased enough. From the hands-on, problem-solving elements that I love, to the creative design processes, there is so much choice. The career prospects are endless too. I can move into different areas of engineering to broaden my skills, across a variety of industries.”