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Ayrshire College has unveiled a series of videos featuring four modern apprentices guiding viewers through a day in their life.

The video series is titled #WhatIActuallyDo and features Hyspec Engineering’s Megan Forrest, GSK apprentice Chloe Greig, Woodward’s Kirsty Harvey and Anna Manson from Spirit Aerosystems (right).

Anna was on hand for the first showing of the video, which was played to guests from Spirit Aerosystems, Ayrshire College and Skills Development Scotland at Spirit Aerosystems in Prestwick.

The videos are now available to watch on the Ayrshire College website and YouTube channel.

Supported by funding from the Skills Development Scotland’s Equality Challenge Fund, the #WhatIActuallyDo campaign aims to improve the perception of careers in STEM by school pupils. They provide positive female role models to encourage young women into engineering and all Ayrshire primary and secondary schools will receive a DVD containing all videos.

Each clip features the apprentice throughout a typical work day. The apprentices were also interviewed about what attracted them to engineering and the modern apprenticeship programme.

Anna said: “When I left school I knew I didn’t want to go onto university and that I wanted to do an apprenticeship.

"I wanted the hands-on experience. I learn better that way compared to reading through a book. The prospect of a job at the end of it also attracted me.”

Ayrshire College Chair Willie Mackie said of apprentice Anna “I have rarely met such an enthusiastic ambassador for engineering.

"Great credit is also due to Spirit Aerosystems who are recognising her talents and providing her with a marvellous opportunity to develop her skills.”

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