Meet Jade Sharp
In her own words this is the story of how Jade Sharp, Cheshire, became one of very few women in the country to be working as a plant operative in excavation:
“Prior to me getting my CPCS licence I had worked mentoring children in schools, project management support and sales negotiation in selling houses. Whilst I love the whole dressing nice for work and having that professional role and look, I am more of a hands-on person who has never been afraid of physical work.
From a young age I played on diggers and tractors in a dress with wellies on and from that point onwards I always had an interest in an outdoor hands on career. A friend of mine suggested I try working in the construction sector, however, I had no formal training. I was referred to the WaMT team at Procure Plus, who are a training hub as part of CITB’s OnSite Experience project. They funded and helped book me onto a CPCS plant operations course and I spent 5 days at HTM Training where I was trained on Health, safety & environment test pass, CPCS Theory Test achievement in the category of A59A Excavator 360 above 10 tonnes, and CPCS Practical Test achievement.
On completion of the CPCS qualification I then spent time working with a company called Cardona Projects to gain some site experience. It’s been great to have a mentor and to work closely with someone who is highly skilled in this industry and has helped me settle into a new sector. The site experience went really well, and I am now fully employed there as a Plant Operative across Cheshire and Greater Manchester.”