This is the second year Pimlico have signed up to be part of the I Can Be programme, which is centred on giving young girls the power and resolve to believe, that they too can dream without limits and achieve without resistance.
I Can Be, are an organisation, which gives schools around London, the opportunity to connect with local businesses who champion the idea that gender doesn’t define your professional route. At Pimlico, this is something we strongly agree with, working hard to encourage more women on the tools, in every trade.
We know at Pimlico, that for this to happen, every girl needs to know that there are opportunities and possibilities available to them. Pimlico Apprentice Abbie, is just one of the many women we have on the tools, who are using their position to mentor and inspire the younger and very impressionable generation.
Last week, we welcomed Rhyl Primary School to the Pimlico Depot, to kick off the first of our ten mentoring sessions which are held with year three primary school girls from right across London.
During this workshop and like the forthcoming ones, Abbie has the chance to tell all the girls her story, explain her roles and responsibilities as a Pimlico Apprentice Mechanic, plus discussing how it feels to be the only girl in her team. She also chats with them about, why she chose mechanics, before opening the floor to questions.
The girls also get a chance to put some of their own skills to the test, in a series of mechanic inspired challenges.
The I Can Be & Pimlico workshops are such a great way for Abbie to use her platform to plant the seed of confidence, fearlessness and empowerment for all, as well as build her own self-esteem in a friendly and safe environment.
The value that these workshops bring to these school kids and Abbie, is why at Pimlico, we will always continue to encourage our staff, apprentices and engineers to participate in these types of programmes.