Scunthorpe teenager drops ambitions for the classroom to become an engineer

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 13 Sep 2017

A Scunthorpe teenager, who wanted to be a teacher, has started work as an apprentice engineer after learning how to wire up a light switch.

Steelworker’s daughter Laura Codlin, 17, said:”I found it fun.”

Laura, a former pupil at the St Bede’s Catholic Voluntary Academy in Scunthorpe, has been cited as a success story by the Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) which runs courses at its centre on the town’s Foxhills industrial Estate.

After a year on the course she has signed up as an apprentice with Volteck Limited, an electrical and solar company in Gainsborough.

Laura said: “When I was at school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I was good at history and geography and thought about teaching. But I didn’t fancy going through university.

“My dad works at the steelworks and read about HETA in the papers . My career’s adviser told me about the HETA open days so I went to one and tried a taster day for electrical engineering.

“The training has been good. I’ve enjoyed it and learned more than I expected to. It is a male-dominated ndustry but it’s a good oppportunity”.

HETA will be holding taster sessions at the Foxhills centre on October 24. Call 03303-331501 for more details..



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