GKN Automotive employee Melissa Chigubu has reportedly won the 2019 Top 50 Women in Engineering award for current and former apprentices

The WE50 awards are curated by the Women’s Engineering Society and seek to honor the best female engineers working in the UK today.

Chigubu works in the development of new electric powertrain technologies. She won the WE50 Current and Former Apprentice award in recognition of her exemplary attitude to learning and enthusiasm for engineering, GKN says.

 ‘It's a great honor to have been recognised with such a prestigious award,’ said Chigubu. ‘When I was at school I wasn't aware of these pathways into engineering so had to convince a lot of people that it was right for me. I think it's important to let young women know that these opportunities exist, and that it is not just for men. But it is just as important to educate parents, too – young female students will never follow this path if they don’t know about these apprenticeships. I hope I can be a role model in championing gender diversity as there are a lot of talented young women out there who have the skills to succeed in this industry.’

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