National spotlight on Laurie-Ann

A FORMER Wisbech woman has been featured in the Daily Telegraph, promoting engineering as a career choice for girls.

Laurie-Ann Benner, who turns 22 tomorrow (Thursday), works for Peterborough-based Peme and is one of just two female engineers in the 250-strong workforce.

The latest industry figures show that just 6 per cent of engineers are women and Laurie-Ann is keen to prove that there is no reason women cannot do the job as well as a man.

She said she has never found her gender to be an issue and can be regularly seen at schools promoting engineering as a career choice to teenage girls.

In fact, she has been so successful that she has won no less than four awards, including the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award.

Laurie-Ann started her engineering career at the Isle Campus of the College of West Anglia and has just completed a four-year apprenticeship. She will now be embarking on a degree course, paid for by Peme.

Her parents Malcolm and Sheilagh Smith, of Wisbech, are very proud of their daughter and how far she has come.

“It was my wife’s decision to put her into grammar school,” Mr Smith said. “We had some hard years to do it, but it’s paid off. We’re very proud of her.”