A GOUROCK teenager is reaching for the sky as she sets her sights on a job as an aircraft engineer.

Rebecca McNally, who is interested in pursuing a career in aeronautical industry, is taking a step closer to her dream after she secured a place at the Women in Engineering Residential Conference.

The conference, at Aberdeen University, provides opportunities for girls aged 15-17 to explore engineering both in a university setting and in the workplace.

The 45 successful applicants, including St Columba’s High School pupil Rebecca, will stay in the halls of residence and benefit from a programme with hands on activities and face to face time with female engineers.

A visit to BP North Sea headquarters in Aberdeen will also allow her to meet engineers in the workplace.

Rebecca, 15, first had an interest in engineering in second year at the age of 13 when a teacher recommended it as a potential career path.

Last year the S5 pupils spent a week at Strathclyde University Girls into Engineering programme and it whetted her appetite.

Now she is looking forward to building on what she learned.

Rebecca said: “The thing that interests me most about engineering is the problem solving aspect and that fact that it can massively impact society.

“I think it is important to take every opportunity available and I really enjoyed spending a week at Strathclyde University last year.

“To apply I had to talk about my skills, interests and qualifications.

“I was excited and nervous when I found out I had been successful.

"I am looking forward to widening my knowledge and learning more about the industry.”

Teachers Claire Thomson and Christina Owen helped Rebecca secure the place in this month's summer event and they are delighted to see she is doing so well.

Claire said: “We were all very happy that Rebecca decided to apply for this opportunity and are extremely proud of her for being successful in her application.

“This is an amazing opportunity for her to widen her skills and gain more understanding about pursuing a career in engineering.

“We are very proud of her and hope she has a fabulous time at the conference.”

Christina added: “Rebecca had to write a detailed application on why she wanted to take part and provide a reference from the school.

“The conference programme looks excellent and we hope Rebecca has an incredible experience.

"We are all very excited for her and proud of what she has achieved so far.”

Rebecca will attend the conference from July 29-31.

She said: “My family, friends and teachers are excited and proud of me.

“I would like to thank Miss Owen for making me aware of the conference and the rest of the STEM teachers for supporting me in applying.”