• 17 October 2019

Georgia Lilley joined the panel at New Scientist Live

Georgia Lilley, a Structures Apprentice from our London office, was invited to attend the New Scientist Live festival on the 10 and 11 October where she spoke to attendees about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) apprenticeships and participated in a panel discussion on the ‘Your Future in STEM’ stage.

Running across four days from the 10 to 13 October, the interactive festival was held at ExCel in London with support from the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network Chair in London and the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network. Welcoming more than 120 speakers to the stage and 40,000 visitors of all ages, the event explored the greatest innovations, technologies and research in the world right now, covering a diverse range of topics such as what it means to be human, the effects of climate change, DNA detective work, the limits of AI and much more.

With external companies such as BT, Network Rail, GSK, the European Space Agency, the Technical Apprenticeship Consortium (TAC) and the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education hosting activities, Georgia played a key role within the pre-recorded broadcast which was played in schools on the Friday to encourage more young people to consider a STEM related apprenticeship in the future. In the video, Georgia discuss her work-life balance, the variety of apprenticeships available, her reasons for becoming an apprentice in engineering and where she hopes to take her career in the future.

As a STEM Ambassador for the past nine months, Georgia has attended a number of school career fairs to speak to students about the opportunities available in engineering and was delighted to be invited to join five other panellists as part of a Q&A discussion, sharing her first-hand experiences as an apprentice within the industry.

Georgia commented; “I am extremely proud to have been invited to such a prestigious event and share my experiences of what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated industry. It was amazing to be surrounded by speakers from a vast range of fields, all with the common purpose of inspiring curiosity for science and it’s a great credit to be able represent Waterman as part of an innovative apprenticeship scheme. I hope my participation encourages more young people, particularly young women, to pursue a career in STEM and explore apprenticeship schemes as a fantastic alternative route to university.”

You can view Georgia’s interview by clicking here.

If you would like to find out more about New Scientist Live, you can view their website here.

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