Superior, a Dorset-based manufacturer of high integrity o-rings and seals, is set to have a stand at Bournemouth and Poole College’s ‘Women in STEM CPD Event’ next month.

The event takes place on Wednesday, June 7, at Bournemouth and Poole College, aiming to inspire young women to consider careers in STEM.

Apprentices Susanna Perkins, aged 22 and Ashleigh Phillips, aged 21, will be representing Superior at the event, providing guidance and advice on STEM careers. The event aims to challenge non-stereotypical career choices for women.

Superior employs an equal split of men and women, with many women in senior positions, including Audrey Brodie as head of material science and Sue Byrne as quality systems manager. Both women have over 30 years’ experience in their given fields.

Katie Bodman, head of training academy, said: “Audrey, Sue and I are proud to be part of the senior management team within the business. It’s great to be part of a company that encourages professional development in both men and women.

“Attending events like this enables Superior to break down barriers young women can sometimes experience. We are proud to support local events that help raise awareness of STEM career opportunities for young women.”

Ashleigh Phillips was awarded Superior’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’ during National Apprenticeship Week earlier this year, credited for her work ethic, attitude and for being the most improved apprentice of 2016. Ashleigh commented: “It was a privilege to have won the Apprentice of the Year award, especially as it was awarded on International Women’s Day. This made it extra special because women are the minority in engineering and I am the first female at Superior to win the award.”

Superior has its own company-run Academy, offering apprenticeships to students from as young as 16, through to graduates, giving apprentices the chance to learn about engineering, science and manufacturing. Working closely in conjunction with local schools and colleges, Superior’s aim is to get students of all ages interested in science and engineering.

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