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Pembrokeshire College Students Attend Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference


Pembrokeshire College Students attend the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference

As part of the annual British, Islands and Mediterranean Region Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference (BIMR CWP), 25 delegates represented parties across the political spectrum on theme Women in Engineering.

College first year Level 3 Engineering students, Libby Sheldon and Olivia Llewellyn went along to the event with second year Engineering student, Amanda Howbook-West and Engineering lecturer, Karen Flannery who said;

“It was a truly inspirational day! Hearing from the different female delegates and successful business women motivated the girls to achieve their full potential in what is currently a male-dominated sector.”

PHOTO: From left to right – Pembrokeshire Engineering students, Olivia Llewellyn, Amanda Howbrook-West and Libby Sheldon at the National Assembly of Wales, Cardiff.

Second year student, Amanda said;

“We heard a series of talks on issues including the role of government in promoting women in the economy, the diversity of women in the economy and women in construction. The conference has inspired me to do the best I can and to break away from the usual female stereotypical roles. It was really interesting.”

First year student, Libby has already secured an apprenticeship with PSM, Pembroke Dock and was encouraged by the positivity of the messages that came across on the day, “The whole day was really inspirational, it was great to meet such powerful female role models.” Fellow first year student, Olivia is currently looking for an apprenticeship and enjoys playing rugby, “My favourite part of the day was hearing how the women behind Spectrum make-up brushes and Fabulous Welshcakes started their businesses.”

Chair of the BIMR CWP, Joyce Watson AM said that the aim of the conference was to identify the barriers preventing women from fulfilling their potential, spot gaps in policy and share best practice.

The end of the conference was marked by an interactive workshop where the group had the opportunity to build a miniature version of the Second Severn Bridge. Pembrokeshire College students took the lead putting their engineering knowledge into practice!

To find out more about Engineering courses available at Pembrokeshire College come along to the Open Evening on 26th April from 5pm – 7pm.