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'Girls can't what?' Bid to boost women in engineering
Written by Aldine      June 23, 2014    
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Samantha Thompson is 24. Two years ago she bought a house. She's about to take delivery of a brand new car. Not bad for a former part-time hairdresser who describes herself as "a nightmare child"."I was very clever but wouldn't apply myself. I was quite disruptive, quite mature for my age and hated being treated like a child. One teacher told me I would never amount to anything," says Samantha of her schooldays.


There were around 3,000 applicants for around 85 posts. Samantha made the final 250 invited to an assessment day.

"I tried welding and construction pipework and then they gave me a crane and told me to drive it through a chicane - and that's when I decided that was what I wanted to do.

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Technology & Engineering Centre, Crawley, England
Renfrew, Scotland


Judith Burns
Contributor's Comment
Girls can't what?" is the question posed on the UK's first National Women in Engineering Day. You can be sure the answer from the organisers is not going to be "weld".
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