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8th March 2017

Many industries such as Carpentry & Joinery, Engineering and Construction come with a long history of being predominantly male oriented professions with women being under represented, but Hull College is proving this to be changing quickly.

Recently the college has witnessed an increase in female applicants in these subject areas and with it comes additional impressive progression stories, achievements and awards of recognition.

Hull College has an excellent diversity support network ensuring that any student who studies here can succeed regardless of their gender.

Staff and students annually enjoy endorsing and promoting the vales and messages of International Womens Day by holding activities and talks, and attending events such as The WOW Festival (Women of the World) to speak directly to potential female students and provide advice and guidance in person.

You can read here about just a few of our female students who have been bold enough to make a change.

Lyndsay Meikle
Lyndsay studied a Level 3 Art & Design course in 2012-13 and an advanced apprenticeship in design in 2013-14. Since finishing her course Lyndsay has found employment at Hull College as a Graphic Designer in the Marketing Team.

“I chose Hull College as I felt it was the best college out of those available to me to help me succeed. I chose the Art & Design course and the apprenticeship as I have always wanted a career in design.

“I love the environment at the college and my apprenticeship has given me the best experience and skills.”

Lyndsay Meikle
Lyndsay Meikle

Lorna Thompson
Lorna joined Hull College as an apprentice in 2011, studying Professional Cookery where she quickly showed a high level of skill and progressed onto higher levels of the course, whilst also studying Hospitality& Catering Principles, and a Pastry Chef qualification.
Lorna then progressed to study a Level 3 Patisserie & Confectionary course.

During her time at Hull College Lorna achieved regional and national awards, and in 2014, she achieved Silver in the Wessex Saloon Culinaire, one of the UK’s largest culinary competitions, and a Merit in the UK Culinary Championships.

In 2015, Lorna continued to showcase her talents by winning Gold at the UK’s largest hospitality event, Hotelympia, and achieving a high commendation at the UK final of World Skills in the Catering competition.

Lorna said: “Starting as an apprentice with the college, the staff really helped me through my courses and encouraged me to demonstrate my full potential – going all the way to become a World Skills UK finalist!"

Lorna Thompson
Lorna Thompson

Liz Hodgson
Elizabeth Hodgson was crowned Body Repair Student of the Year 2015 at Silverstone (November 2015). To complete her studies, the 21 year old has had to make a round trip of more than 120 miles, setting off at six-thirty in the morning from her home in Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire.

Elizabeth was one of 14 winners chosen from more than 120,000 IMI learners, 30,000 IMI accreditation holders, and management professionals from across the motor industry.

Elizabeth said: “I am really proud of myself for achieving the Outstanding Body Repair Student of the Year award. It is an amazing feeling to win and I am still getting to grips with the fact that I have been named as the best student in body repair from across the UK

“I certainly couldn’t have achieved this without the amazing help Hull College gave me throughout my course. Big thank you to my course leader David Paine and fellow tutors Paul Wisker and Paul Wiles.

“I would also like to say thank you to and all the other staff at the college and of course to my friends and family that have helped me throughout.”

Elizabeth Hodgson