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IWD 2017 – Betsy, New College Lanarkshire

International Women’s Day 2017

6 Mar 2017

Betsy Crosbie, HND CADD & HNC Mechanical Engineering, New College Lanarkshire.

New College Lanarkshire’s HNC Mechanical Engineering student Betsy Crosbie won the Medallion of Excellence at EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016.

The 20-year-old, who lives in East Kilbride, was the only female to compete in her category of Mechanical Engineering Design CAD (Computer Aided Design) at the competition, which brought together almost 500 of the most talented young people from 28 countries to compete in 35 different skills areas.

She said: “It was a great experience to be part of a team of people who are all there for the same reasons as you are. I’m really happy with how I did and winning the Medallion of Excellence; it’s great to know that I’ve reached international standards.

“I got quite a lot of attention for being the only female in my category, but hopefully in the coming years there will be more females in that part of the competition.”

Having completed her HND Computer Aided Draughting and Design (CADD) earlier this year and worked for a time in industry, she recently returned to New College Lanarkshire to study HNC Mechanical Engineering to widen her career options.

Betsy was selected to represent Team UK after winning a silver medal at the national finals of WorldSkills UK in Birmingham in November 2015. She is in the running to represent the UK at global contest WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Martin McGuire, principal and chief executive of New College Lanarkshire, said: “We are incredibly proud of Betsy for winning a Medallion of Excellence at such a prestigious international competition.

“Betsy is a very dedicated and talented student who has become one of the very best in her skills area across the whole of Europe.

“She is both an exceptional ambassador for New College Lanarkshire and a great role model for anyone interested in a career in engineering.”