Two women are hoping to benefit from a campaign designed to boost the number of females working in the traditionally male dominated world of construction.
Shauna Wigglesworth and Cariad Thomas-Cooke, who are studying to become electricians at The Sheffield College, are being supported by Sheffield-based women’s group WEST (Women in Engineering Science and Technology) and the electrical regulatory body NICEIC.
Liz Kettle, outreach worker with WEST said: “Attitudes within the construction industry have changed dramatically in the last 20 years and seeing a woman out on site is not the closed shop it once might have been.
“However, the number of females actually choosing to become a plumber, builder or electrician is still very low.
“We want to highlight that fact and make choosing a career in the trades a legitimate career option and a viable one for women of all ages.”
WEST joined up with NICEIC at the start of this year with the aim of creating more opportunities for women.
They created a bursary scheme to help women fund their studies and find work placements with local firms.
Shauna, aged 24, who is in the second year of her City and Guilds level 3 qualification, said: “I was buzzing when I heard I’d got the funding. It will really help me with my plans to be an electrician.
“I’m the only woman in my class and the first few weeks were a bit weird. I get on with all the guys now though.
Cariad, aged 31, who is in the first year of her level 2 qualification, said: “Because of my age I don’t qualify for government funding. The bursary means I can retrain and go into a different career.
“I was itching to do something that wasn’t stuck in an office.”