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Barking engineer insists women can be leaders in the industry ahead of International Women in Engineering Day

PUBLISHED: 16:53 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:53 21 June 2018

Ivonne Bostan, who's studying engineering at Barking and Dagenham College. Picture: BDC

Ivonne Bostan, who's studying engineering at Barking and Dagenham College. Picture: BDC

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A student engineer has spoken out ahead of International Women in Engineering Day.

Ivonne Bostan was born in Romania, and studied tourism at college before moving to the UK to study engineering at Barking and Dagenham College.

She is one of few women in the sector – women make up less than 11 per cent of the country’s engineering industry.

“Sometimes it is intimidating, but I’ve never had any problems and have always been treated the same,” she said.

“Engineering is challenging, but it’s just like any other course.”

International Woman in Engineering Day - taking place on Saturday - was established in 2013 by the Women’s Engineering Society to celebrate its 95th anniversary.

The day aims to raise the profile of women in the industry and highlight the career opportunities available for young girls.

Ivonne is nearing the end of her BTEC extended diploma, and plans to continue her studies with a mechanical or software engineering degree at university.


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