Billie is in the second year of a three year apprenticeship, where she’s currently rotating through various areas of the business and getting a taste of numerous engineering disciples; setting her on a path to one day become a qualified engineer.
Billie said: “I am delighted to be named as one of the Women’s Engineering Society’s Top 50 Female Engineers, especially amongst such a high calibre of candidates. It’s great to know that the work I am doing is valued and it’s a fantastic feeling to have my achievements recognised by both the Women’s Engineering Society and BAE Systems. I’ve received great support throughout my apprenticeship and it’s humbling to have even be considered for the award.”
“BAE Systems has been really supportive and given me many opportunities to broaden my horizons and develop my skills. Being an apprentice, I wouldn’t say I have reached my potential yet as still have so much to learn.”
I am delighted to be shortlisted, especially amongst such a high calibre of candidates. It’s great to know that the work I am doing is of value and it feels fantastic that this is recognised by both the Women’s Engineering Society and within BAE Systems. I’ve received great support throughout my apprenticeship and it’s humbling to even be considered.
Billie Sequeira, Technical Apprentice
Billie has always had a keen interest in engineering, which naturally made physics and maths her strongest and favourite subjects. She had originally planned to study one of these subjects at university, but a work experience visit to BAE Systems in Rochester prompted her to reconsider her options. Eventually she made the decision that the ‘learn while you earn’ apprenticeship approach was best for her.
Billie said: “I thought long and hard about whether to go to university or do an apprenticeship. In the end I chose an apprenticeship because I thought it was a great opportunity to gain some real hands-on experience from experts in their fields. I am still keen to complete a degree, and will have the opportunity to do this following the completion of my scheme at BAE Systems.”
Every day is different for Billie, one day she might be working on the world’s most advanced fast-jet helmet, and the next day, studying the flight control systems you’ll find on your everyday passenger aircraft.
Billie explains: “It’s exciting to be involved in the development of new technologies, learn more about the aerospace industry, and to think that I could be working on systems used worldwide. This is all while I continue to develop new skills and gain experience, which I will hopefully use soon and contribute towards future advancements in technology.”