Women in Engineering Day taster session at The Sheffield College

03 July 2015     JTL

JTL helped organise an event where women could find out more about becoming an electrician at The Sheffield College last month.

The free taster session, which was set up to tie in alongside Women in Engineering Day, on June 23, provided an opportunity for the young ladies present to find out more about the sector, and to take part in practical sessions, involving wiring a two-way lighting circuit.

They were also able to find out about apprenticeships, jobs, and careers in the electrical industry.

The event was organised by NICEIC, The Sheffield College, Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WEST), alongside JTL.

Sheffield-based electrician Mandy Reynolds, who runs her own successful electrical contracting business, attended the event, and spoke to the group about her experiences in the industry.

“It was great to see the enthusiasm being shown, and shows that there is a real, genuine interest from women to get involved in electrical work”, she said.

“Traditionally, women might not have been given the opportunity or appropriate advice about a trade as a career”, she added. “Open days like these really help give women an insight into what work is involved, and the steps that need to be taken to get the right qualifications and experience.”

JTL has long been championing the idea of getting women involved in practical trades, with our pioneering Ambassadors programme encouraging greater understanding among young women of the career opportunities that are available to them in the building services engineering industry.

Heather Smith, principal at The Sheffield College, said: “The construction and engineering industry is changing and offering more opportunities, with a pressing need to fill skill gaps.

“We are committed to raising awareness of the rewarding careers available for females as well as males, challenging stereotypes and highlighting the inspirational role models who are leading the way.”

NICEIC also runs a “Jobs for the Girls” programme, which aims to attract more women into the industry.

Emma Clancy, chief executive officer of NICEIC, said: “Learning a trade offers women the opportunity to develop a skill for life that enables them to work on their own or within a team, and more importantly allows them flexible working hours that can revolve around home or family commitments.

“Through our Jobs for the Girls campaign, NICEIC has actively encouraged more women into the electrical industry”, she added.

“The aim of the partnership is to open up the opportunities that exist within it, to women of all ages.”

Some of the ladies present find out more about the electrical industry

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