Llwyddiant peirianneg ar gyfer ymgeisydd Miss Wales
Engineering success for Miss Wales candidate.

Challenging the stereotypes of typical gender specific roles, Bridgend College learner Elizabeth Jenkins, is flying the flag for women as she swaps ball gowns for overalls.

Liz is currently studying Automotive Engineering at the College and is one of just four females out of 300 learners in total on the course. Having always had a keen interest in cars, she enjoys her day to day job of taking apart cars, lorries and trucks and learning the mechanics of motor vehicles. The course is run through a variety of theory and practical sessions where students work on a variety of cars and heavy vehicles.

“I developed a passion for driving and an interest in motor vehicle maintenance since learning to drive and passing my test. I researched courses available at Bridgend College and applied last summer. I knew there probably wouldn’t be many other girls on the course but it didn’t put me off.”

As well as being a pioneering woman in engineering, Liz is also one of the 32 finalists in the running to be crowned Miss Wales 2018. The competition involves contestants taking part in an empowerment day and an interview with the judges, followed by a catwalk. She hopes that her chosen field of study will impress the judges and encourage other young women, as well as men, to forget the stereotypes and pursue any career of choice.

“I applied to be a Miss Wales candidate because of my love for fashion and the empowerment the Miss Wales journey gives young women, through experiences such as self-defence classes and charity fund-raising. The course at Bridgend College also gives me a fantastic sense of achievement. I am doing something that traditionally doesn’t appeal to women, but it’s what I love doing and I believe that that’s the best way to be a successful learner; to do something that you are passionate about.”

Liz is proud of her achievements and is progressing well in her studies. Last week she successfully changed a car’s suspension single handedly, learning valuable new skills.

She hopes to use her story to inspire more women to get into engineering and hopes that gender specific roles will soon be a thing of the past.