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On 8th March, International Women’s Day, Foundation Bridge Academy students were delighted to be able to visit Michelin in Stoke-on-Trent, to find out about different careers within the Road Haulage industry. The event was jointly hosted by Michelin and the Road Haulage Association and was specifically aimed at encouraging girls to consider logistics and the distribution industry for a challenging and rewarding career.

The event included presentations about the various jobs and careers available in the industry, as well as the opportunity to talk to a number of women already working in this sector, in a kind of ‘speed dating’ format.

The event was really helpful in giving our Academy students ideas about qualifications they would need to study and the experiences they should try to gain, to understand the industry better and be prepared for entering it.

Jodie Green – Aged 16 said “I really met some inspirational women during the event. This inspired me to do the jobs I have dreamt of doing”

Kiana Camm – Aged 15, commented “When I went to the Michelin event during International Women’s Day, I met women there who have inspired me and proven that not only men can be strong and do these jobs. Women can too.”

And Alisha Randles – Aged 14, had a candid comment: “I learned that factories aren’t just dirty old buildings, but actually they are a really clean and tidy place to work. Only 8% of women work in jobs like these but the women I met made me realise this could be more.”