Georgia Price, 20, from Llantrisant hopes her career path will encourage more females into aeronautical engineering.
After discovering Engineering programmes at a Coleg y Cymoedd Open Event, Georgia enrolled on their BTEC Level 3 Enhanced Engineering at her local campus. She thrived in the workshops with the support of her tutors, which gave her the confidence to pursue a career as a mechanic.
Recognised by Welsh Government for their commitment to meeting local labour demand and recruitment of industry-specialist tutors, Georgia planned to progress her studies at Coleg y Cymoedd to strengthen her chances of obtaining work experience.
She signed up for the college’s BTEC Level 3 Aeronautical Engineering course having witnessed the impact of its flourishing industry in the South Wales valleys.
At the college’s annual Career Festival, ‘FutureFest’, Georgia met with a representative from AerFin Aviation, a leading specialist in aircraft and engine component support services based in Bedwas, Caerphilly.
AerFin were recruiting apprentices studying BTEC Level 3 Aeronautical Engineering at Coleg y Cymoedd, which presented Georgia with an ideal opportunity to progress and get one step closer to her dream career.
Georgia was successful in securing the apprenticeship with AerFin, and so impressed their management, that she was offered a job in the workshop, becoming the company’s first female trainee mechanic.
Simon Bayliss, Chief Operating Officer at AerFin, spoke of Georgia’s success: “Georgia has fitted in well. She is seamlessly transitioning from the college classroom into the work environment, despite its challenges. She is really putting into practice the principals that she has learned at Coleg y Cymoedd and it’s looking as though she’s going to be a success in the engine shop.”
At college, Georgia continues to excel, having entered Inspiring Skills Competition Wales twice, and making great bonds with staff and peers. Her sister hopes to follow in her footsteps by gaining an apprenticeship at the college too.
Georgia said: “I’ve had the very best of both worlds by studying at Coleg y Cymoedd. They’ve given me so many opportunities to go further, from building my confidence and my CV by taking part in Skills Competitions, to making links with prospective employers, like AerFin, at their Open Events and career fayres. They’ve opened so many doors for me, and it’s because of them that I’ll be starting a degree at University of South Wales in September 2024.”
Georgia’s positive experience has led her to encourage other young girls to pick up a STEM apprenticeship too: “I would say to other young girls who are thinking about applying for an apprenticeship in Engineering or a similar subject: do not be afraid. There is nothing to worry about. Everyone is so supportive and welcoming. There are local, high-paid jobs available, and because the aeronautical engineering industry is booming, they will be around for a very long time.
“There is so much room to progress – even more so if you are a female – because the industry has been male dominated for such a long time.
“An apprenticeship can offer so much more than just going to college: I’m now being paid to learn. I don’t have to juggle college with a part-time job, I can just focus all my attention on my future. Both the college and a UK-leading aircraft specialist are down the road from me too, which is such a bonus.”
Matthew Tucker, Assistant Principal for Business Services at Coleg y Cymoedd, commented: “Georgia is a great apprentice and puts 100% into everything she does. She is a brilliant example to others as she is committed to developing her knowledge and her relationship with her employer. She stands out as she is very supportive of her peers and is happy to help whenever she can.
“She is inspiration for encouraging other females to discover the multitude of opportunities in science. We wish her every success in the future and have every faith that she will do well.”
Discover apprenticeships at Coleg y Cymoedd: https://www.cymoedd.ac.uk/apprenticeships-2/
N.B. Georgia was 19 at the time of filming, (2023).
Simon Bayliss was SVP of Operations at AerFin at the time of filming, (2023).
Rhondda Cynon Taff