An interview with Claire Martin

Claire Martin provides an overview of her journey from apprenticeship to a highly experienced member of our Materials team.

What was your first job and what attracted you to it?

I applied for the RWG Modern Apprentice Programme in 2015 as I was aware it was very well established and the career opportunities available upon graduation was something that interested me. The position I applied for was Apprentice Inspector. I was invited to the Assessment Centre and thereafter a second interview. Whilst Assessment Centres may be daunting to those just leaving school, I was immediately put at ease by the Apprentice Training team at RWG. I was delighted when I was advised I had been selected and that is when my career with RWG began.

What career path have you followed up to present date?

When I joined the Modern Apprentice Programme, I spent the first year of my employment at RWG’s dedicated Training Facility along with my fellow Apprentices. It’s true to say, that I made great lifelong friends during the apprenticeship. We had a dedicated Apprentice team who supported us through our National Certificate and our SVQ Level 2 with a mix of practical and theory learning.

I left the Training Facility at the start of Year 2 of my Apprenticeship and joined the Avon (now SGT-A20) Inspection team. I was lucky enough to have some hugely experienced colleagues and line Supervisor who supported me through the next 3 years of my Apprenticeship which resulted in me gaining my SVQ L3 and my Modern Apprentice qualification. I was then offered the opportunity to progress towards my HNC and then my HND which I embraced whilst continuing in my role as Inspector.

An internal opportunity arose in 2021 for a Materials Engineer within the A20 Business. I felt I had the relevant skills, experience and qualifications to be successful, so I applied, and I was delighted to have been offered the position. I was spent my first year in the position where I was surrounded by a experienced team who helped me learn my new role; my colleagues helped me transition from the workshop into the office which went very smoothly.

Later in 2022 I began a period of maternity leave when my twin daughters were born and needless to say I had my hands full, but I was determined to return to the role that I enjoyed and the Company that had allowed me to progress. I was therefore delighted to be able to return to my role on a part time basis which allows me to split my time between spending as much time with my daughters whilst continuing to work.

What is the best bit about your job and working for RWG?

The people – It is true the people you work with can make a difference to your work life.

Claire Martin

Claire Martin, Materials Engineer, MEB

What support network has been available to you to ensure you are meeting your Engineering career aspirations

As mentioned previously, throughout my time at RWG I have been lucky to work with many experienced colleagues, from my time at the training centre, to inspection to now working in materials. These people have supported and guided me which has led to gaining valuable knowledge and experience, which without them would not have been possible.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given in your engineering career that you would share with aspiring female engineers?

Believe in yourself. Don’t ever doubt your ability, you are more than capable to achieve your goals. If you have the right attitude and mind set anything is possible.

This year’s INWED theme is ‘enhanced by engineering’. What engineering innovation do you believe has enhanced our lives for the better?

Smart phones – you have everything in one place; telephone, wifi, emails, camera, flashlight and a lot more. Imagine having to go about with a computer, camera, phone and a torch nowadays

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The opportunities available to women in engineering are vast and my journey illustrates that with determination and passion, women can excel and lead in engineering.

Natalie McLeod
Senior Operations Engineer, LEB

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Innovation knows no gender. Your creativity and insights are vital to engineering a brighter future for everyone.

Christine Chapman
Lead Repair Engineer, ARB

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I decided at a young age to follow an engineering career path and I have never looked back! There’s a role for everyone, irrespective of gender.

Jasmin Rennie
Quality Engineer, OIG

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International Women in Engineering Day (INWED)

Susan Raeburn
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Having started my career 28 years ago in the aviation industry before moving to aero derivative gas turbines at RWG, I have seen the workplace evolving to include more women within the Engineering industry.

I believe it’s important for companies to empower women in the industry, to actively encourage and challenge future generations of women to develop their careers from school leavers to upper management – the opportunities are endless.

Susan Raeburn
Project Engineer, LEB


Members of the Senior Management Team

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), members of the Senior Management Team would like to take a moment to acknowledge colleagues and to celebrate the incredible work that female engineers deliver within RWG.

Mark Forsyth, Managing Director, said “with UK workforce data revealing the proportion of women working in engineering and technology roles having declined in the past year from 16.5% to 15.7%, this day serves as an excellent opportunity to remind and encourage women and young females to pursue careers in this field.”

A career with RWG is rewarding and challenging, no matter what discipline you work in or what stage of your career you join at.