Cailey Miller is arguably one of the borough’s most impressive young individuals.
The 21-year-old has several strings to her bow including being one of the best ‘up and coming’ engineers as well as being an all-round sports athlete.
The former Bedford High School pupil currently works as a mechanical designer at NUVIA UK, part of the world-leading VINCI Construction group.
Cailey finished her HND in Mechanical Engineering at University Centre Wigan & Leigh College while working for the company and will progress to the Level 6 Nuclear Scientist programme as part of a degree apprenticeship, from September.
The STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassador is also a winger for Wigan Warriors Women’s Team having previously played for Leigh RUFC.
The multi-faceted individual also has a black belt in karate and represented Lancashire County at rugby union.
But it’s her engineering prowess that impresses the most, boasting numerous accolades ahead of what is sure to be a successful career within the industry.
In 2022, Cailey achieved The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) Engineering Apprentice of the Year as well as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) most improved apprentice.
Not only that, but she also won a silver medal at the 2021 National Finals of Worldskills UK in the mechanical engineering CAD category.
Cailey knew from a young age what she wanted to do and had a fixed mind-set saying:
“I was always better at, and more interested in STEM subjects and problem solving, which steered me towards engineering. I also knew that it was important to build solid foundations for my career, so opted for an apprenticeship.”
Her day to day job at NUVIA UK involves using Autodesk Inventor software to produce 3D models and 2D drawings of detailed designs for equipment within nuclear plants.
The current Higher Education mentor at the college is a strong advocate for inspiring the next generation of youngsters into the engineering sector and along with her outreach duties that come with her STEM ambassador role she enjoys sharing her experiences.
“I like going back to talk to younger kids, sharing my experiences to help them choose what they want to do and hopefully inspire them too.”
Cailey is hoping to continue playing for the Warriors and work towards studying a masters with an overall aim of becoming a Charted Engineer before she’s 30.