Millie, 17, worked the trail building superyachts for the rich and famous

An ocean-loving teenager is igniting a path for female engineers by swapping the classroom for an apprenticeship building and refining superyachts. Millie Rogers, 17, was so sure of her future ambitions that just a month after finishing her GCSEs in May 2021, she invited her friends to join global yacht specialist Pendenis as a general engineering trainee. Abandoned the long summer break before sixth form.

And Millie, who lives in Camborne, Cornwall, with her mother Verity, 37, a hairdresser, her father Scott, 38, a joiner, and her brother Oliver, 14, didn’t look back, saying: “I love this fact. likes to help normalize.

“Some girls just don’t have the confidence to try something like this and it can stop them. I’d love to encourage other women to join in as well.”

Growing up on the beautiful Cornish coast, Miley’s childhood was mostly spent either on the beach or around the swimming pool.

She said: “I was always a confident swimmer and I swam with a club for years before I became part of our lifesaving club at the age of seven. Every summer, we’re on the beach talking about the water Will be

“We would often go out in a dinghy, which was really good fun and a family friend had a racing catamaran that we would go out with for a while. That was wonderful.”

While Millie enjoyed design and technology and art in school, she always knew she wanted more.

She said: “I worked really hard and enjoyed school, but at the time I was usually very anxious for no reason. I often didn’t take advantage of opportunities like joining a netball team or other after school clubs and I think it held me back. But it made me even more determined not to miss this opportunity.”

For years, Miley dreamed of becoming an architect one day, as she became fascinated by the creative process and inspired by the bold creation on the Channel 4 show, Grand Design. But, as soon as she approached her GCSE, she realized that she wanted to stay away from studying in the classroom and find another vocational move.

She said: “The school really pushed the idea that you had to go to university, but I didn’t feel like it was me. I loved school and enjoyed being arty, but I spent so much time doing it.” I wanted something new and different ahead. ”

When Pendenis came to Miley’s school to talk about the opportunities available, she knew immediately that she wanted to join.

Millie Rogers, 17, learning to weld
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She said: “Growing up with my dad, who was a joiner, I often helped him with bits and bobs, so always enjoyed being practical. My grandfather was also always doing something, so he would show me were how to do things and ask for my opinion. When I started the apprenticeship, I was pretty nervous to begin with, but I was mainly excited to try something new.”

In addition to studying engineering, electrical skills, and joinery three days a week in college, Millie is working on a 65-meter motor yacht, helping supervisors replace propeller shafts, remove heating systems, and replace bearings. Is.

She said: “On my second day, we were straight into the cabin to get to work. I had never done anything like this before, but immediately got stuck in cables and lighting. Seeing the superyacht, the system got a big shock.

“Each is beautiful in its own way and none of them are alike. In two weeks I was putting in all the systems for a yacht. Then, the next, I was getting them out of an old yacht.”

The highlights of his apprenticeship so far have included working late into the evening, testing the stability of a yacht.

“It was really interesting to see the yacht loaded with loads to see how it would balance,” she said. “I didn’t even know it was something they did and it was really cool to see they used ton weight to measure how much the boat was going. After hours in the yard I got a totally different view at night “

Nearing the end of her first year, Miley feels like she has arrived at leaps and bounds and is excited for the future.

Pendenis Facilities In Falmouth, Cornwall, Where Millie Works
Pendenis facilities in Falmouth, Cornwall, where Millie works
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She said: “You start a job and it feels like a complete mess and you get a little nervous, but then you finish it and finish it and it feels amazing. Complete a yacht and a It was really cool to see being featured in Yachting magazine, knowing I worked on it and thinking, ‘I helped do a part of it.'”

When Miley announced to her friends that she was going to be a superyacht engineer, they couldn’t believe it.

She said: “When I told them I was going into this career, they were quite surprised, but also very happy for me. All my friends are still in sixth form and want to go to university, which is what I want. It’s very different from what I’m doing.

“I was at a festival a few months ago and an old lady came up to me and my friend and asked what we did and when I told her, she was really shocked and impressed, which was good. Initially, I didn’t think too much about the fact that I was part of a new generation of women to do this, but now it’s really important to me.”

When Millie’s apprenticeship ends in 2025, she wants to learn how to use CAD – computer aided design – to create 2D drawings and 3D models of yacht systems. And as she improves her engineering skills, she also wants to encourage other girls to follow her in engineering careers.

She said: “Everyone has always been so welcoming and wonderful, but there should definitely be more women involved. Often, girls don’t consider these kinds of jobs or feel too shy to say they do.” And it would be great to change that. I can’t believe I’ve already completed my first year, but I’m so excited for the next few years and the challenges they face.”

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