A new engineering ambassador at Britain’s biggest electricity network will be advising young women about exciting career opportunities at the heart of a low carbon future. STEM ambassador Alex Sanderson, who left bar work for a future in the electricity industry with UK Power Networks eight years ago, wants to inspire more girls to pursue careers in science and engineering.
Alex, from Norwich, said:
“I always wanted to help women coming into the business and not sugar coat it. This is a hard and demanding job, but it’s a good job. I want to help people understand the range of jobs in our business. “If you set your heart on a job like mine, you will get there, but not necessarily at the first attempt. It took me three or four attempts to get into the company, but it was worth the effort. If I had met female engineering role models at school, I might have taken this career path sooner than I did.”
UK Power Networks has established a vibrant new team of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassadors, set to become diverse and relatable engineering role models. The aim is to show young people how exciting engineering careers are within their grasp. Events will include interactive school, college and youth group visits, careers fairs, mentoring and work experience.