Southwell engineer takes top industry award

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A young engineer from Southwell has landed a top accolade after being shortlisted in the Young Woman Engineer of the Year (YWE) awards.

Yasmin Ali, who works as an operations engineer at E.On in London, was singled out due to her impressive achievements and ambassadorial work.

Organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) the awards is now in its 37th year and recognises the outstanding achievements of female engineers.

Yasmin (26) picked up the award of Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year during a plush ceremony at a London Hotel.

She said: “It was really nice to receive this, and quite nice having everyone congratulating me!

“I knew I had a good chance because there were only four of us nominated.

“There are not may women in this job and I do get surprise looks when I tell people what I do!”

Yasmin, who attended Southwell Minster School, said she first considered a career in engineering after a leaflet dropped through letterbox of her parents home in Southwell promoting chemical engineering.

She said: “There’s a shortage of engineers so I thought I would be able to get a job, and it paid quite well!”

Her job takes her across Europe where she also visits offshore platforms and service ships

As part of her work she promotes engineering to young people at career fairs and schools, and promotes women in the industry.

Only seven per cent of the engineering workforce is made up of women.

Yasmin studied chemical engineering at Nottingham University.

After graduating, she completed the two year E.On engineering and leadership graduate scheme.

In March 2012, Yasmin joined E.On exploration and production as an operations engineer, taking part in and leading a variety of projects for oil and gas assets in the UK North Sea.