Engineering bright sparks were recognised at their college’s annual engineering awards ceremony, with female learners shining particularly brightly.

Of 11 categories at the Hartlepool College ceremony, eight were won by girls, with Kelsey Richardson and Georgina Ireland taking two each, Hannah Carr, winning one and Emily French winning three, including overall engineering student of the year.

Principal Darren Hankey said: “Each winner is a credit to the staff who steered them through their qualifications and their family and friends who gave them the support they needed. It’s excellent to see female learners following engineering courses and I’m sure Kelsey, Emily and Georgina will be an inspiration to other female learners who may wish to follow a similar route.”