This year, Niftylift is hosting its sixth annual Women in Engineering event at its headquarters in Milton Keynes.
Niftylift’s Women in Engineering event is aimed at female students in the local area who are in years 9,10, and 11. The event is designed to give them a peek behind the curtain of one of the country’s most forward-thinking engineering companies, discovering the different career paths available to them in the Engineering Industry and learning about the vital roles engineers play in today’s society.
It’s no secret that women are massively outnumbered in the engineering industry. According to a 2019 report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), women account for about a quarter of STEM employees in the UK. However, the gender split is much higher in engineering, with just 10% of employees being female.
Niftylift is committed to doing everything in its power to buck this trend, and events like Women in Engineering encourage schools to promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) subjects to more than just the obvious candidates.
What can you expect from the day?
Students can expect factory tours of Niftylift’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, production assembly tasks, control and hydraulic systems demonstrations, a CAD workshop and discussions with current female employees about their paths into their chosen careers.
We aim for students to leave the Niftylift headquarters feeling empowered, inspired and more knowledgeable about careers in the engineering industry. Who knows? You might be rolling up to Niftylift’s doors in just a few years to launch your engineering career!
If you want a closer look at what happens during our Women in Engineering event, watch our highlight video from last year's event.
Women in Engineering 2021 Highlight Video
Prepare to get hands-on!
Meet the team ⭐️
So who will you get to meet at our Women in Engineering event? Meet our team below, who have dedicated their time to give you a taste of the day-to-day happenings of life as an engineer.
After completing her apprenticeship in 2021, Evie works as a Design Technician in the Mechanical Design/Structural Analysis department and is working towards her Engineering degree.
Paigan is a first year Technical Support apprentice, working as part of a team to build a finished product. She loves working hands on as well as working on the Technical aspects of the machine as a Niftylift apprentice.
As a Junior Graphic Designer, Demi designs and modifies labels for machines. Her work includes coming up with new concepts for user interaction, as well as creating machine illustrations for for instruction manuals.
Karolina works as a Senior Development Technician, which keeps her days interesting, working on a variety a
different tasks and tackling new challenges each day.
As a project engineer, Hela collaborates with different departments to solve technical problems and achieve project objectives. Currently, she's working on the design of a new sensor to improve safety.
After graduating in 2021 with a degree in Industrial Design & Technology, Roanna started working at Niftylift as a product designer and is currently working on reducing our 3D print plastic waste!
Since joining Niftylift in 2017, Hannah now works within the Purchasing Fabrications commodity sourcing 'light fabrications,' anything from cages to small plates.
Amelia has just started as an Apprentice Manufacturing Technician at Niftylift. A hands on engineering apprenticeship, Amelia is currently working on the production lines building the machines.
Schools - want to be a part of the event next year?
If you’d like your students to reap the benefits of our Women in Engineering event, fill out the form below, and a member of our Schools team will be in touch.
Your details will only be used in connection with school engagement activities.
Students - Interested in a career in engineering?
If you’re over the age of 16, qualified at GCSE level and are interested in getting a foot in the door of the engineering industry, why not enrol on one of our apprenticeship schemes?*
Niftylift offers a range of apprenticeships with on-the-job training at Niftylift’s headquarters and off-the-job training at Milton Keynes College, where you’ll study for an industry-recognised qualification.
*Anyone who attends one of our Women in Engineering events is guaranteed an interview!Niftylift Apprenticeships
Niftylift also offers excellent work experience opportunities.
If this is something that may be of interest to you, send our Learning & Development Lead, Karl Digby, an email at email@example.com or click the link below:Get in touch
We’ve been running our Women in Engineering event for over five years. If you’d like to look at any of the past events to see what we get up to, take a look here.
By championing the discipline's creative aspects and by inspiring young females, we hope to encourage a new generation of female engineers to take their place in an exciting, vibrant and growing industry – ideally working at Niftylift!
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