Becca leads the way

Becca Hopkinson has started her own furniture making business
Becca Hopkinson has started her own furniture making business
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A Sheffield woman is in a minority of females carving out a new future in the furniture-making industry.

Becca Hopkinson has started her own business - Beba Bespoke – after completing a woodwork course at Sheffield College and having her pieces shown in an exhibition at the college’s city campus.

The 34-year-old, from Hunters Bar, said: “I enjoy having a hands-on job, and I love working with wood.

“I’m from a family of six girls and I was always the ‘fix it’ one in the family, so there was interest from a young age.”

The college, on Granville Road, wants to encourage more girls and women into the engineering, construction and technology industries, and places are still available on courses beginning this September.

There are also proposals to launch a new joinery course – offering, in particular, women and girls the practical skills and technical knowledge required to work as carpenters.

Sue Clarke, construction and furniture lecturer, said: “Women are very under-represented in the construction and furniture-making industries - only two per cent are women.

“We run classes that give women the chance to develop their confidence and skills. Some students on the furniture-making course go on to self employment, others to further study afterwards.”

The college has a dedicated workshop for its furniture making or DIY courses.

To register an interest in woodwork and joinery courses email sue.clarke@sheffcol.ac.uk