JFMS welcomes budding engineering student determined to break the mould.
James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) works closely with local schools and training centres to help develop students considering a career in engineering and recently welcomed Mia Porter, a Year 10 student from Sir John Leman High School in Beccles, Suffolk.
Mia is passionate about engineering and is currently studying one day a week for a BTEC at Nexus Engineering Training Centre, which she describes as her ‘favourite day’ and motivated her to request an engineering-based work experience placement at JFMS.
During her placement, Mia has assisted with camera modifications, electronic board tests, electrical tether change out and audits.
"Although I initially found the prospect of an engineering workplace daunting, I was quickly put at ease by the kindness of all the employees and I, therefore, thoroughly enjoyed my week.
"I assisted the repair of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), greatly improved my skills at soldering, and worked with fibre optics. I even helped fix a camera worth £20,000!"
Buoyed by her experience at JFMS, Mia now hopes to obtain her target GCSEs and will then seek an engineering apprenticeship after secondary school.
Mia represents a shifting tide within engineering as more and more women seek to enter the field. However, with figures emphasised by the Women's Engineering Society (WES) highlighting that in the UK only 12% of the engineering workforce is female, more work needs to be done across the industry to make this more representative of modern Britain.
The drive for gender diversity in the energy industry in particular, demonstrated by the RenewableUK Switch List, is inspiring women looking to power the future to break the mould.
Asked if she has any advice to young women thinking of pursuing a career in engineering, Mia says:
"Be bold, although women may still be in a minority in the engineering field, we can change this one by one!"
Roger Moore, operations and technical manager, adds:
"I took on the organising and shadowing of students because it’s something I feel passionate about and believe we need to pass on our skills to the younger generation. Mia has been one of the best students we have seen at JFMS and has been a great credit to the school."
JFMS is committed to creating wider diversity in all areas of its workforce and supports STEM initiatives with local schools, including East Suffolk College and the Coastal Energy Internship Scheme that spans across Barrow, Grimsby and Lowestoft.
If you would like to see the range of job opportunities and training schemes available within the James Fisher and Son plc group, please visit our careers section.