First year apprentice Camila Rey da Rosa (pictured) and third-year Melissa Chigubu have been selected to represent the voices of female engineering apprentices on the WES Apprentice Board.
Camila worked as an occupational health and safety nurse in Brazil before moving to the UK 10 years ago. Aged 36, she found an apprenticeship would allow her to get the qualifications and experience required to start a career in engineering, and is now a Level 3 mechatronic engineering technician apprentice with Amazon, with her training being delivered by the MTC.
Nineteen-year-old Melissa, who was named as one of the top 50 women in engineering in the UK in 2019, moved to the UK from Zimbabwe eight years ago and was the first female to complete the foundation gateway in the AMTC’s new Apprenticeship Engineering Standard programme.
David Hughes MBE, managing director of the AMTC, says: “I was absolutely delighted to hear that both Camila and Melissa have been appointed to the WES Apprentice Board. Camila has done exceptionally well during her first year as an engineering apprentice and Melissa is a hugely talented and dedicated apprentice, demonstrating exceptional skills for her early career stage.
“At the MTC, we are fully committed to promoting diversity and inclusion across our business and throughout the industry. Camila and Melissa are excellent role models and will be passionate and dedicated voices for the promotion of women in engineering.”
Both Camila and Melissa are said to be enthusiastic advocates of women in engineering. They are keen to promote the work of WES and the support and advice that the network provides, helping to make engineering a more balanced, diverse and inclusive industry. Both apprentices have supported diversity, inclusion and STEM outreach activities while on their apprenticeships, encouraging people from all backgrounds to consider pursuing a career in engineering through an apprenticeship.
Camila says: “I want to inspire women to investigate the opportunities that engineering could offer them. I discovered my passion for engineering later in life than most. Being part of the WES Apprentice Board will allow me to spread the message that it is never too late to start a fulfilling a career in engineering or to begin an apprenticeship, and help change the perception of the industry.”
Melissa adds: “I am so excited to have been selected as one of the WES Apprentice Board members. I am really looking forward to working with the team to further promote women in engineering. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity.”