A group of women interested in finding out more about becoming an electrician attended a special event at The Sheffield College this week.

The free taster session was set up to coincide with Women in Engineering Day (June 23rd).

It provided an opportunity to gain insight into the sector, and included practical sessions involving wiring a 2-way lighting circuit.

Sheffield based spark Mandy Reynolds, who runs her own successful electrical contracting business, also spoke to the group about her experiences in the industry.

“It was great to see the enthusiasm being shown and shows that there is a real, genuine interest from women to get involved in electrical work,” commented Mandy.

“Traditionally, women might not have been given the opportunity or appropriate advice about a trade as a career. Open days like these really help give women an insight into what work is involved and the steps that need to be taken to get the right qualifications and experience.”

The event was organised by NICEIC; The Sheffield College; Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WEST); and JTL Training.

Heather Smith, principal at The Sheffield College, said: “The construction and engineering industry is changing and offering more opportunities, with a pressing need to fill skills gaps.

“We are committed to raising awareness of the rewarding careers available for females as well as males, challenging stereotypes and highlighting the inspirational role models who are leading the way.”

NICEIC was particularly keen to support the event given its long-established Jobs for the Girls programme, which aims to attract more women into the industry.

“Learning a trade offers women the opportunity to develop a skill for life that enables them to work on their own or within a team, and more importantly allows them flexible working hours that can revolve around home or family commitments,” said Emma Clancy, chief executive officer of NICEIC.

“Through our Jobs for the Girls campaign NICEIC has actively encouraged more women into the electrical industry,” she added. “The aim of this partnership is to open up the opportunities that exist within it, to women of all ages.”

Those who attended also received the latest information about apprenticeships, jobs and careers in the electrical engineering industry.