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International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day

Today (23 June) is International Women in Engineering Day, which focuses on the amazing careers in engineering for girls, and also celebrates the achievements of our outstanding women engineers.

Sea Cadets offers all young people the chance to explore this sector. We offer qualifications to boost CVs and have also been bringing STEM to schools and units through our Marine Engineering Pathway (MEP) pods.

Sea Cadets' MEP project is a joint venture with Seafarers UK to raise awareness of marine engineering, helping to inspire young people to consider a career in STEM and to ensure greater access to mobile engineering training. The MEP pod is a mobile workshop trailer, which contains engineering equipment including a working and cutaway engine.

Taster workshops are offered in schools, and units can also book the pods, with volunteers delivering the sessions to cadets, allowing them to achieve an Intermediate Engineering Specialisation qualification. Inside the pod, cadets and students can get hands-on with cutaway diesel engines, mechanical components and experience a workstation with a full suite of tool kits including electrical and soldering equipment, giving them a real insight into a career in engineering.

The project, which was piloted in South West Area and has now rolled out to London, will reach other areas in the UK, with all six Sea Cadets areas covered by the end of 2018. The project is next scheduled to roll out in Northern Area in September 2017. To find out more, visit:



Cadet Molly from Colchester saved the life of a girl who was choking, using the first aid skills she learnt at Sea Cadets.

Molly, 15, cleared the girl’s airway, performed CPR and called an ambulance, before placing her in the recovery position during the incident on Saturday 17 June.

These skills – which Molly learnt at Colchester Sea Cadets – were praised by paramedics, who said her actions could have saved the girl’s life.

Cadet Molly said: “One of the girls ran over to me and said, ‘You’re a sea cadet, can you help, someone is unconscious’. When I went over, she was choking, she had a pulse, but I couldn’t hear anything.

“I didn’t really panic at the time, I just wanted to make sure she was OK. Everyone was really upset, but I just tried to keep calm."

The girl was taken to hospital and has now made a recovery. Molly added: “She’s OK now, she bought me a present and said, ‘Thank you so much, I will never forget what you did’.”

Molly’s mum, Maxiene, said: “I am so proud of her. I don’t know how she did it and kept so calm.”

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