25 June 2018
Over 150 female Army cadets from across the East Midlands and East Anglia assembled at Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham last weekend to take part in a special event to help them to consider a career in engineering.
Organised (in part) to celebrate Women in Engineering Day 2018, Exercise Sapper Cadet offered female cadets aged 12-18 an opportunity to experience the trades, capabilities and opportunities available to those that pursue a career in engineering. The cadets completed a series of activities including bridge building, command tasks and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenge.
Hazel Hanson (13) from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) said, “It’s been good, I’ve enjoyed everything. I’ve always been interested in engineering and my dad is in the Royal Engineers. We were shown a list of jobs that were involved in engineering and I didn’t even know that half of them could be brought into engineering.”
The weekend was organised by Sergeant Kate Dunscombe, an Army Reservist in 65 Works Group Royal Engineers, part of 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group. Sergeant Dunscombe works as a Signalling Systems Trainer for London Underground in civilian life and is also a Company Sergeant Major in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force.
“The aim was to put females in the spotlight", said Sergeant Dunscombe, "I wanted to show the wide range of exciting careers the Army offers in engineering so that the girls had a greater understanding of the opportunities available and could be inspired by what appealed to them.”