Mai Pierre, a resident in Manchester, has used our Aspire Award grant funding to help progress her career and become a gas engineer.


In 2016 Mai completed work experience with us and found she had a passion for plumbing. She then went on to work for another company where she completed, and gained, qualifications (NVQ 3) in plumbing, which we helped fund through our Aspire Awards.

The most recent grant will help her pay towards the course fees for a LCL Awards managed learning programme for new entrant gas engineers.

An ambassador for women in trades

Mai has carried out some fantastic volunteer work with the homeless around Moss Side, completing free plumbing work on a homeless shelter. She also promoted and championed women into the plumbing industry for International Women’s Day, which is something she continues to support.

Commenting on her award, 43 year old Mai said: “I am thrilled to have received this award from The Guinness Partnership which will help me pay for my gas engineer training course.

“Becoming a qualified gas engineer should help me find a new job as I will be more versatile in the work I am able to do. I am also determined to act as an ambassador to encourage other women to break into the gas industry, and to assist in their training.”

How to apply for an Aspire Award

You can apply for an award by completing an application form. You’ll need to let us know exactly what you want the funding for, so make sure you’ve found the course you want to complete, how much the equipment you need will be, or what your community project will cost.

Click here to apply for an Aspire Award.