RNLI hosts Women in Engineering event to inspire young future talent

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) celebrated International Women in Engineering Day by inviting girls from eight local schools to an interactive day of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities as part of its commitment to inspire and attract young talent.

On Thursday June 23, the RNLI reintroduced its in-person event for 11-13 year olds to learn more about the amazing world of engineering. Held at the charity’s College in Poole, the annual event aimed to inspire young women and girls in Bournemouth and Poole to consider a career in engineering.

During this fun-filled day, students got to experience our major engineering facilities at the All-weather Lifeboat Center (ALC). The ALC brings every step of the lifeboat building process together in-house and under one roof. It gives us better cost and quality control, and creates jobs in shipbuilding and shipbuilding.

In addition to this, students participated in hands-on demonstrations of impact testing lifeboat materials, learning about 3D printing, and using lollipop sticks and clothespins to successfully build bridges.

Jamie Chestnutt, RNLI Director for Engineering and Procurement, said: “It was a great day. Each student was truly engaged in the various events and activities, and I hope they were inspired to consider a career in engineering in the future.

“The role of engineering at the RNLI is vital – ensuring our crews have the lifeboats and equipment they need not only to stand the test of some of the harshest coastal weather conditions British and Irish, every piece of kit should keep our crew safe and fit for generations to come.

Students had the opportunity to meet female engineers, including this year’s guest speaker, Emma Miles, Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy. Emma shared her professional background in marine engineering and her experience representing the Royal Navy as a STEM Ambassador.

Working in partnership with the Women’s Engineering Society, the RNLI supports and inspires women to succeed as engineers. We encourage engineering education and aim to increase the interest and enthusiasm of young girls in the STEM field. The charity RNLI is committed to creating a culture that is inclusive and ready for the next generation.

To learn more, take a look at the
Women in Engineering web page on the RNLI website.


Notes to Editors

  • In 2020 and 2021, the RNLI’s International Women in Engineering Day activities have moved online due to Covid-19 restrictions.
  • The schools involved in this year’s event were: Blandford School, The Bourne Academy, The Grange School, Lytchett Minter, Poole High, Purbeck School, St Peters and Twynham School.
  • The Women’s Engineering Society is a charitable organization and professional network of female engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Visit
    https://www.inwed.org.uk/ to know more.

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