Women in National Grid (WiNG), our gender diversity employee resource group, has been busy getting ready for this year’s Tomorrow’s Engineers Week – #TEWeek2018 – by participating in this year’s #LottieTour.
As part WiNG’s partnership work with Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and linking in with its focus on actively supporting females in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and non-traditional female roles – as well as National Grid’s ‘30by30’ pledge (30% female engineers by 2030) – the group is supporting #TEWeek2018, which takes place from 5 to 9 November.
During #LottieTour, a doll named Lottie accompanies members of WES and its Young Members Board (YMB) to work, where she is photographed in lots of interesting engineering settings and scenarios. The photographs are then uploaded to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Championing the cause for National Grid and WiNG were Kirsty McDermott – Design Assurance Engineer in Capital Delivery and a member of the WES YMB – and Sabina Morgan-Bates – Construction Interface Engineer in Capital Delivery – who have both been taking Lottie with them to work over the past few weeks.
Commenting on her #LottieTour involvement, Kirsty said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support colleagues from across the business have shown, which has helped organise this event. We’ve really managed to capture some of the exciting and interesting work we have going on at National Grid and I’m sure it will work well towards inspiring the next generation of engineers.”
Touring National Grid, Lottie has visited sites from St Fergus in Scotland all the way down to the Isle of Grain in Kent.
Lottie’s tour of National Grid
At St Fergus, Lottie visited with Aimee, an apprentice who supports the maintenance of the compressors and associated equipment involved with pumping the gas from the North Sea down to the rest of the UK. She also spent some time in the control room with Fiona, one of our Shift Officers, to understand the importance of permit control and keeping the gas flowing.
During the tour, Lottie met with Capital Delivery Director Ian Cartwright and Head of Gas Construction Ian Radley – and his team of Senior Project Managers – who were all supportive of here attending their major construction sites. So, she was able to visit the famous Feeder 9 pipeline replacement project – even managing to get inside the tunnel – and the St Fergus asset health projects.
Lottie then had the opportunity to travel right down to the Isle of Grain LNG with our Female Apprentice of the Year, Chelsea Malcolm, who kept her very busy with the arrival of a ship delivering natural gas in liquefied form; liquid natural gas (LNG). Chelsea manages a team of technicians responsible for the safe delivery of the LNG from the ship to some huge storage tankers.
During her tour, Lottie also stopped off at our Deeside air insulated switchgear (AIS) substation, where she had the opportunity to work with some of our switching teams and making sure electricity kept flowing to where it was needed.
In addition, she visited a careers fair as well as the Low Carbon Networks & Innovation (LCNI) Conference in Telford, where she learnt about the latest innovations in the industry and met some people set to support the cause and help encourage girls into Engineering; including IGEM CEO Neil Atkinson, who is keen to look to change the face of the gas industry and is a big supporter of incentives like #LottieTour.
Finally, Lottie spent some time at base in Warwick with Helen Jenkins, National Team Planner in Electricity Transmission – who was a big help with all the logistics for the tour – and Fern Donoghue in HR, who will be using the National Grid #LottieTour and associated photos from a recruitment perspective, with Lottie advertising apprenticeships for us! Fern will also post our photos on the @NGCareers Twitter feed during #TEWeek2018.
Visit our WiNG Infonet site* to find out more about the group and how to become a member.
Tomorrow’s Engineering Week, conducted by WES, aims to change the perceptions of engineering among young girls, their teachers, parents and friends, by inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM fields. Visit the Tomorrow’s Engineers website to find out about this year’s event.
#LottieTour, now in its third year, is run by WES alongside TEWeek and looks to highlight this in a fun and engaging way; engaging with young girls by allowing them to follow what Lottie is up to and see all the amazing careers that are available for girls too!
About Women’s Engineering Society (WES)
Founded in 1919, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is a professional, not-for-profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development.
Although the world has changed since a group of women decided to band together to create an organisation to support women in engineering, the need is very much still there. WES works in a number of ways to support women in STEM, to encourage the study and application of engineering, to promote gender equality and diversity in the workplace, and to award excellence and encourage achievement through its awards and grants schemes.
WES will be celebrating its centenary in 2019.
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