Weapons fitter inspires women to join industry

Hannah Stanbury meets the Princess Royal
Hannah Stanbury meets the Princess Royal
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ROLE model Hannah Stanbury has won a national award for her work in engineering.

The mechanical engineering apprentice at Defence Munitions Gosport, in Fareham Road, was awarded the Women in Science and Engineering (Wise) Apprentice award for inspiring women to choose engineering as a career.

The 19-year-old, of Gosport, is one of two female apprentices at the depot and has achieved a distinction star in her Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in mechanical engineering.

The former Bay House School pupil is now studying for her Higher National Certificate.

Hannah spoke to The News after picking up the accolade at the evening at the Science Museum in London.

She said: ‘I’m keen to promote women in engineering, especially as Gosport and Portsmouth have plenty of opportunities to get involved with apprenticeships and engineering.’

Hannah led the male-dominated depot’s team in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge.

As reported, the team fundraised for a young boy with cystic fibrosis, raising £700 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Kevin Haydock, apprentice training officer at Gosport Defence Munitions, said: ‘Hannah is by far the hardest working and determined student we have.’

Only 400 women started an engineering apprenticeship in 2012, compared to 12,880 men.

Trudy Norris-Grey, Wise chairwoman added: ‘The desire to make a difference shines out from all the winners.

‘These women and girls bring vision, creativity, commitment and above all, a passion for what they do which is truly inspiring.

‘Britain needs more like them to bring their talents into UK industry. Then we will get the real rebalancing of the economy which the country needs.’

Princess Anne is the patron of Wise, which promotes women in science, engineering and technology.