Garage visits highlight careers for girls
13 September 2016
We’re working with schools and sixth-form colleges to invite girls aged 15-18 to interactive sessions at our BT Fleet garages.
It began as a community project in the Ipswich area to teach girls basic skills, so that if their car breaks down or has a minor issue like a puncture they’ll know how to fix it.
Claire Van Hinsbergh, Head of wholesale online delivery and Clazien Wezeman from the Future business technology research team came up with the idea of broadening the programme.
Claire says: “We realised this would also be a great opportunity to explain what BT does and the opportunities we offer young women across the business. These include graduate schemes, modern apprenticeships and industrial placements.
“By sowing the seeds early, we can show girls that BT is a great place to work and an option they should consider.”
Working in partnership with Carol Baxter, Head of strategic development for BT Fleet’s garages they organised a pilot scheme at our BT Fleet garage in Ipswich. Six girls spent an interactive session helping our technicians work on vehicles. They also learned about the training and career opportunities BT offers young women.
Carol says: “We got very positive feedback from the girls, who hadn’t realised the wide range of opportunities we can offer them. In BT Fleet we have only two female technicians and we’re keen to recruit more.”