People stood outside under a gazebo at a careers fair.

VolkerStevin and VolkerLaser join forces to support ‘Engineering Her Future’ event

On Friday 21 June, representatives from VolkerStevin and VolkerLaser returned to the Tamar Bridge in Plymouth to support the Women in STEM event for the second year running.

People stood outside under a gazebo at a careers fair.

Organised by YMCA Plymouth, Discovery College and Tamar Crossings, this years theme was ‘Engineering Her Future’ and saw around 300 young women from local schools and colleges attend the event to learn more about the various careers in engineering. 

Our team took the opportunity to share their career journeys hoping to inspire the next generation of girls.

Project manager for VolkerLaser, Andy Smith, said: “By promoting careers in construction at an early age, we can help address the skills gap and ensure a strong future workforce for the industry. The highest proportion of construction workers in the UK is currently between 40 and 44 years old so attracting the next generation of young engineers and apprentices is important to our business. Construction offers a wide range of opportunities for young people to develop their skills, from trades such as carpentry and plumbing to roles in engineering, design, commercial and project management. Encouraging early careers in construction not only benefits individuals by providing them with stable and rewarding careers, but also contributes to the growth and success of the industry as a whole.”

“I volunteered to represent the business at the ‘Engineering Her Future’ event, as it provided a great opportunity for me to give back to the local community. It was not that long ago that I was attending career events whilst at university which helped me find the first step in my career. It was great to be able to talk to and engage with the young students and explain how much of an opportunity engineering can be.”

Sam Clarke Senior engineer for VolkerStevin