28 Jun 17
Generation - Dungeness B

Vicky inspires more girls into engineering

Young engineer invited to prestigious dinner to celebrate women in engineering

Vicky Brown, an engineer from Dungeness B nuclear power station, has been recognised for her efforts in encouraging more young girls to take up engineering. 

The Telegraph's ‘2017 Top 50 Women, under 35, in Engineering’ dinner and awards ceremony welcomed some the country’s leading female engineers.

Vicky said: “It is a real honour to have been nominated and also a complete surprise! 

“I grew up in New Romney and joined EDF Energy in 2006 on the engineering maintenance apprenticeship scheme. Once I completed my training I held a variety of maintenance and technical roles at the station before more recently becoming the Apprentice Coordinator.”

The prestigious awards evening, hosted at Banking Hall in Cornhill, coincided with International Women in Engineering Day which also took place on Friday 23 June.

Backed by The Women’s Engineering Society and sponsored by a range of industry partners, the Top 50 Women in Engineering initiative aims to boost female uptake of engineering roles and careers by celebrating the notable achievements made by women in the sector.

Vicky, who has recently started a new role as a Work Week Manager at Dungeness B, was nominated by one of her peers at the power station before her application was judged by a panel from The Women's Engineering Society.  She was subsequently chosen as one of the top 50 applications.

With women only making up 4% of all engineering apprentices in the UK, Vicky is keen that other girls follow in her footsteps and consider a career in industry.

She said: “I think it’s really important that more girls take up science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects,” Vicky said. “Engineering gives a lot of cross-functional skills and allows you to keep learning and teaches you the ability to think independently.”

In 2015, EDF Energy launched the Pretty Curious campaign aimed at encouraging girls to imagine a future where they use these STEM subjects to help make a difference. The programme aims to address the reasons girls are being put off taking technical subjects and open their eyes to the varied career opportunities available.

For information about apprenticeships at EDF Energy, including the engineering maintenance apprenticeship that Vicky went on, visit: https://www.edfenergy.com/careers/early-careers/apprenticeships

For more information contact:

Laurence Ollier
External Communications Manager - Generation (South East)
0781 3232 765

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges visit: www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/