A SCHOOLGIRL from Plymouth has been told she can achieve her dream of becoming a mechanic at a visit to a workshop.
Seven-year-old Mia Hosking had been told by another pupil that she couldn’t work as a mechanic when she grew up because she was a girl, so dad David took to Facebook to ask female mechanics for encouragement.
Vehicle aftercare website MyCarNeedsA.com answered the call and teamed up with its Protyre garage in Plymouth to show Mia that there was nothing to stop her achieving her goal.
She was welcomed to the garage by Protyre mechanics Hannah Shaw, pictured above left with Mia, of Elmbridge Tyres in Swadlincote, and Nikki Ham, pictured right, centre manager for Protyre Faringdon in Oxfordshire, as well as Julie Jones from Protyre’s apprenticeship provider ProVQ.
The young gearhead was given her own set of overalls and taken on a tour of the workshop.
The heart-warming story comes as part of a push by Protyre to encourage more women to take up roles in the garage industry.
Speaking about her visit to the workshop, Mia said: ‘It was so cool coming to the garage to see all the mechanics and their tools. I loved getting my own uniform too – it was the best!’
Mia’s garage-owning former banger racing father said: ‘Mia was given so much encouragement and support when we called out for other female mechanics to share their stories. She has really enjoyed seeing how the garage works and how other women are excelling in these roles.
‘I couldn’t believe it when the team from MyCarNeedsA.com got in touch to offer her the chance to come to Protyre. She’s had the best time in the garage. I’d like to say a big thank you to Protyre and MyCarNeedsA.com for making this happen.’
Scott Hamilton, managing director of MyCarNeedsA.com, said: ‘When we saw Mia’s story, we wanted to show her that young women have every opportunity of achieving their dreams in the automotive trade.
‘It’s wonderful that she is so enthusiastic and passionate about the career she wants, so inviting her for a tour with one of our service providers was just a small token of our support.
‘We hope that Mia’s story inspires lots of girls across the country to dream big and pursue a career in the automotive industry.’
Shaw, a tyre fitter, said: ‘I got into tyre fitting by chance. I have always been a hands-on person that loves to work outside.
‘I have worked as a farmer all my life alongside my family. The job for a tyre fitter came up and I thought “Why not? I enjoy physical work so I’ll give it a try!”
‘Four years on, I absolutely love it! I never dreamed I’d become a tyre fitter. I understand the stigma and pressure attached to women entering this field of work, but I’ve never looked back. I love it.’
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