An update: February 2024
Back in 2021 Katy decided to make a career change. She’d worked in warehousing, cleaning, and retail, but after a break in working to raise her children, she decided that she really wanted to pursue a career as an electrician.
With some support and training through the Women and Manual Trades programme and Lancashire-based employment organisation Rossendale Works, Katy soon became work-ready. She started an electrical apprenticeship with Concept Heating in January 2022, becoming the first female apprentice the company had employed.
As the Women and Manual Trades programme is all too aware, electrics and electrotechnical is one of the building trades that women are least well-represented in. It is estimated that just 2% of electricians in the UK are female – so Katy is helping to lead the way and inspire other women to follow in her footsteps.