Friday September 5th saw another landmark for women in the motor trade. The Insitute of the Motor Industry's 2003 award for the best technician was won by a woman for the first time. The winner, Emma Roe, 19, from Doncaster, works in a paintshop four days a week while studying on the fifth.
From this month, 14 year olds become eligible to take part-time, pre-apprenticeship vocational courses at technical colleges while still at secondary school. “Girls of 14 who may have considered engineering-type courses will now have the opportunity to enrol and see if they like it, so I think we can expect greater uptake,” says Stuart Brooks, head of public relations at the IMI. At present, only 392 of the IMI's 24,387 members are women.