Shauna Wigglesworth from Sheffield is well on her way to lighting up the electrical industry after taking on a full-time apprenticeship with our repairs and maintenance team.
A girl with ambition
24-year-old Shauna has just completed her Level 3 studies in electrical installations. She’s the only woman on her course, and she’s determined to build a successful career as an electrician – a sector traditionally dominated by men.
“Being the only female was never a concern for me”, she said. “My main worries at the start were ‘am I good enough?’ and ‘will I enjoy it?’. Well I’m definitely enjoying it and I think I have proved I can do it!
“I can’t wait to start working full-time. I want to try out as many things as I can. I just enjoy the work and all it brings. Eventually I think I would like to see myself working with architects and builders carrying out electrical designs from scratch for large projects.”
Encouraging women into trades
Last year, as part of its ‘Jobs for the Girls’ campaign, which aims to encourage more women into the electrical industry, NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) provided financial support to Shauna to help with her studies. NICEIC also helped set up her work experience with us, which led to the full-time role.
Paul Roberts, Executive Director of Guinness Property said: “We’re dedicated to building a skilled and diverse workforce and we’re taking active steps to increase the number of tradeswomen across the organisation by 2018,” he said. “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Shauna on board as one of a number of tradeswomen already in post.”