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Burnley engineering student flying high
8:00pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Burnley
AN engineering student is set to fly high as she breaks into the world of aerospace thanks to Burnley's largest private sector business.
Holly Ireland, 17, left Shuttleworth College in 2012, having achieved an Endeavour Award, gained 11 GCSEs, including Engineering and gained an NVQ Level 2 in Engineering.
While studying Holly also learnt practical engineering skills through work experience at Aircelle every Friday.
After two years as a young apprentice Holly progressed to Burnley College where she’s studying for an Advanced Diploma in Electronic Engineering.
And she spent the summer months on an internship back at Aircelle.
Holly said: “A girl I know got into engineering when I was about 14 and she’s still with Aircelle. That got me interested and the more I’ve pursued it the more I’ve enjoyed it. It’s great to have to deal with the challenges that I’ve been set. It’s a big responsibility."
Last month Burnley's new £10.3million University Technical College opened its doors with just two female engineering students.
And Holly is inspiring the next generation of female engineers.
She was mentored by Annette Pettman, Head of Purchasing at Aircelle, who manages a global network of suppliers.
Annette said: “Holly is a high flyer and we’ve tasked her with a couple of really important projects. Firstly, she’s looking into cost efficiencies around tooling consumables.
"Secondly, she’s working with scrap and obsolete materials with a value of £½ million. We believe that Holly will provide a solution that will be of huge benefit to the business.”
Holly’s tutor Chris Ritchens, said: “Holly is motivated and ambitious. She’s got a clear idea of what she wants – a management position by her mid-twenties and to run her own engineering business by her mid-thirties.
"Her progress is something we’ve nurtured and encouraged for several years and she is a natural engineer. She’s the epitome of everything that we’re trying to achieve at Burnley College."
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