Openreach is looking for new talent to join its trainee engineer programme – and wants to attract more women.
It’s a role that suits both sexes – as Matt Rogers and his daughter Megan can testify.
Matt was 18 when he joined as an engineer. He’s had a number of roles and now works in Openreach employee relations.
Last September, Megan – then 18 – followed in his footsteps.
“My dad has influenced me a lot,” she said. “Growing up, I was always interested in helping him and he talked me through the basics of fixing things. So I’m a very practical person.
“I wasn’t a tomboy – far from it. I did ballet, dancing and gymnastics.
“I’ve seen dad change jobs and develop with BT. He started as an engineer and I knew I could do the same and develop myself.”
Matt took a step back and let Megan secure the job in Technology, Service & Operations (TSO) without his help.
She said: “I wanted to do it by myself and see if they liked me for who I was and not who I knew.”
She’s loving her job. So much so, she’s become a TSO attraction lead, visiting local schools to spread the word about engineering jobs.
Megan said: “The word engineer puts a lot of girls off. They think it’s a male role – but I’m there to prove it’s good fun and for everyone, provided you put the work in.”
Matt agreed: “I’m immensely proud of Megan. She proves that we need to break down some of the stereotypes out there. We’re missing out on a lot of talent if we don’t encourage women into engineering.”