Student Success Story- Lauren Rudd

Lauren Rudd, who has just completed her Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), is an outstanding student who has gone from strength to strength throughout her course. Lauren, former student of Wigan UTC, had already achieved a distinction in Level 2 Engineering Manufacturing, and was keen to follow her passion and continue to study engineering.

When she started at college, Lauren settled in straight away and knew she had made the right choice. Despite entering a typically male dominated subject area, Lauren felt instantly comfortable and received a warm welcome onto her new course. She says; “I felt welcomed by all the staff and students on the course. I also met many new friends on other courses which made college life eventful.  I felt comfortable in class as all the male students were friendly and supportive.” Lauren felt proud to be a female studying engineering, saying; “I was very proud to wear the uniform as I wanted more females to join the course.”

Throughout her course, Lauren always felt motivated and supported by her tutor Jade Wilkinson; “Jade has helped me a lot on the course and made me feel more confident in myself. Jade made lessons enjoyable and interesting; she was helpful and supportive to everyone in the class.” Lauren also mentions that Jade encourages her students to reach their full potential; “Jade is very dedicated to pushing you to be the best that you can be.”

Jade, Subject Leader for PEO, says Lauren’s work has always been completed ahead of schedule and to an “exceptionally high standard.” She also adds that Lauren’s determination to succeed is clearly evidenced by the fact that she has had 100% attendance on the course.  Jade says; “I am very proud of the progress Lauren has made, both with her engineering skills and as a young adult. Her continued motivation to do well in her career is inspirational.”

Lauren has excelled throughout her course and is pleased to have developed skills in a wide range of topics including handfitting, stripping motors and electrical maintenance. She says; “the best aspect of studying at the college is that I have gained more skills and knowledge. The PEO course was extremely interesting as there was a lot of practical work and theory involved.” Later this year, Lauren will be progressing onto the Level 3 in General Engineering. She has chosen to undertake further study because she is keen to enhance her knowledge and explore the variety of opportunities available within the industry.

Lauren’s ambition is to secure a career she loves and can take pride in, preferably as an engineer in an international manufacturing company. Lauren has applied to be an apprentice for Jaguar Land Rover and, impressively, has already passed the aptitude and situational judgement tests. She has now advanced onto the next stage of the recruitment process and is excited about this valuable opportunity to take the next step towards her dream career.

Lauren is part of the evolving landscape of engineering; in the past, the industry has been viewed as a solely male domain, but times are changing and an increasing number of women are entering the field. Lauren is pleased to be one of the students making waves in this field, saying; “as a female I am extremely grateful to represent this industry through Warrington & Royal Vale College as I want to promote more females to join.” Lauren advises other female students considering engineering to follow their passion; “for females wanting to go into the engineering industry, go for it! If you have a passion or interest in engineering like me then definitely join the course. Don’t feel like you shouldn’t join because you’re a girl, because if you’re dedicated to doing what you love doing, in the future you will go far!” Lauren describes choosing to study engineering as the best decision she has ever made, and is looking forward to seeing what the future brings.