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Young engineers have power to succeed.

Byline: KICOLA JUNCAR

GIRLS from Northumberland could soon be plugging a gap in the nationwide search for engineering talent after a top performance at a regional manufacturing challenge.

The group of 10 girls from Bede Academy, in Blyth, joined other Year 9 girls from the region at the Manufacturing Advisory Services "Plug Game", held at Wallsend.

They were set the task of running a plug manufacturing business including managing costs, eliminating wastage and ensuring they had streamlined practices in place.

Student Rebecca Mein said: "We learned a lot about how making things better helps the finances and how important it is to run a business efficiently." Teammate Elizabeth Cape added: "The way we had to handle the challenge meant we used different skills, such as thinking how to solve financial problems and unfortunately having to lessen the number of employees to increase our profit."

Bede Academy teacher Dave Rowland, who took the team of girls to the event, said it taught the students about working as a team, learning from mistakes and using organisational skills to improve their performance.

He added: "Our girls' behaviour was exemplary."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 5, 2010
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