International Women’s Day 2020

06 March 2020 | College News

City College Plymouth firmly believes in giving students and staff the opportunity to be the best they can be, and is proud to support International Women’s Day. 

We have many amazing women at the College – so many in fact that we couldn’t possibly list them all; but as part of our celebration for International Women’s Day, we have listed some of our students, alumni and staff who are making waves in what are traditionally considered ‘men’s roles’, or they are making leading contributions to the city and wider region.

  1. Harley Mortlock. Former student Harley became the first female technician at Mercedes-Benz Plymouth. Harley originally enrolled at the College to study hairdressing, but swapped fixing hair for fixing cars when she returned to College and completed her vehicle maintenance qualifications.
  2. Rebekah Holden. Rebekah is a rising star in the world of painting and decorating. In the past 12 months, Rebekah has competed at the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions, received an invite to training for the skills Olympics in China in 2021, and last month was named Construction Apprentice of the Year by Building Plymouth. 
  3. Veena Shivane. Veena is an engineering lecturer at the College with a passion for electronics. Veena is committed to encouraging more women and girls to take up the subject.
  4. Abigail Netcott.  Former student Abigail Netcott is one of the leaders of Plymouth’s most anticipated tourist attractions to date. As the Marketing and Development Manager, Abigail has been integral in the plans for The Box, which is due to open in May. 
  5. Jackie Grubb. City College Plymouth’s Principal and Chief Executive Jackie Grubb is currently leading the College through an exciting period of transformation. 
  6. Aimee Taylor. Having completed her assessor’s qualification alongside the final year of her Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship, Aimee, 21, has landed a job as an NVQ assessor at City College Plymouth.  
  7. Vicki Pinder.  While the number of women in media professions has risen, there is still an imbalance, particularly in TV production: figures for 2017-18 showed women accounted for 37% of producers. Vicki Pinder, HE Lead for Creative, Digital and Science Industries and Programme Lead, FDA Film Production, worked in numerous production management roles prior to moving into teaching, working on shows such as The Hotel Inspector, Flog It! and Stacey Dooley Investigates.
  8. Simone Gray. Simone studied for a Foundation Degree in Construction at the College and was an award-winning student. She is now working as an architectural technician. 
  9. Samantha Walpole. Technician Sam is based in the wood trades department. Before joining the College as member staff, Sam studied  an Access to Higher Education course at City College, before gaining a degree in furniture design and making from Plymouth University. Sam went on to work as a cabinet-maker for four years before starting at the College.
  10.  Pauline Hands. Part of the College’s management team, Pauline has been a leading player in the Plymouth business community for many years. Before becoming Director of Marketing and Business Engagement at the College, she was operations manager for Devon & Cornwall Business Council and is a well-known name throughout the region.
  11. Lorraine Hill. Lorraine is the College’s Chief Finance Officer, and is one-third of the College’s Senior Leadership Team. While the financial world is seeing more and more women, there are still more men in leadership positions.
  12. Anelise Du Pille. Anelise is a recent student who came to City College to study for a Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering. Anelise is now in the final year of her degree at University of Plymouth and is also working as a CAD technician.
  13. Isla Hill. Plastering apprentice Isla Hill has been winning awards for City College for several years, showing that the trade is just as much for women as it is for men.

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