Tilbury: Amazon engineer keeps it in the family on International Women in Engineering Day

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AN engineer at the local Amazon fulfilment centre is using the story of her father’s engineering guidance and support to help inspire the next generation of female engineers on International Women in Engineering Day 2018.

Lucy Fitch from Tilbury is encouraging other women to follow in her footsteps and pursue a career in the rewarding industry.

Lucy works at Amazon in Tilbury and the fulfilment centre is marking International Women in Engineering Day (23 June 2018) by acknowledging the exceptional women working at Amazon.

Launched in the UK in 2014, International Women in Engineering Day is a global awareness campaign that celebrates women in engineering. Amazon is a sponsor of this year’s event.

For Lucy, engineering is something that’s close to her heart both personally and professionally; her father is an engineer and was always there to inspire and encourage Lucy to follow her engineering ambitions.

To celebrate the day, Lucy is excited to share her story of what being a female working in engineering means in today’s digitally-driven professional world and how other women can follow their passion for technology innovation.

Lucy, who works as a Reliability Maintenance Engineering Technician at Amazon, said:

“I always knew that I wanted to go into engineering. My dad is an engineer, so I looked up to him and loved helping him out on projects. When I finished school, I did a mechanical apprenticeship for three years in the food industry. Once I finished that, I was ready for a change and turned to Amazon for my next career move.”

“I love working as an engineer at Amazon. It is so rewarding to come home after work and say that I fixed something with my hands. It is really special that I get to be proud of something I create, which is something everyone should feel.”

“When asked about getting more women involved in engineering, I think about the time in school when someone told me that I would never become an engineer. That is a lot for someone to hear and it is demotivating, but I kept on going because I loved the field, wanted to succeed and had my family’s support behind me.”

“Schools need to do more to inspire women to get involved in engineering and to show them that there are great career opportunities in this sector. I am lucky to have my father behind me, pushing me forward to get qualifications and showing me that I can achieve anything I set my mind to.”

Prajvin Prakash, General Manager at Amazon in Tilbury, stated:

“Amazon is proud to sponsor this year’s International Women in Engineering Day. In Tilbury, we are passionate about encouraging women to work in engineering and are always looking for ways to empower more women to enter the profession and progress their career at Amazon. Being the best for our customers means recruiting the best, which is why we will continue to hire talented women engineers who are passionate about finding innovative engineering solutions to today’s biggest challenges.

“Lucy is an excellent example of a pioneer in engineering and we hope her story will inspire others to pursue a career in this field or seek opportunities to grow their career through Amazon’s Women in Innovation Bursary, Engineering Apprenticeship schemes or Career Choice programmes.”

The Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary offers funding of between £3,500 and £7,500 per year to a female student planning to attend one of the three universities which neighbour its three UK Development Centres, including the University of Edinburgh, Kings College London and Churchill College in the University of Cambridge. As well as the bursary helping with living costs over four years of a degree, Amazon also provides mentoring on business skills like CV-building and interview techniques, as well as a potential work placement at Amazon’s Development Centres.

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