Article from: Summer 2010, NICEIC Connections
Fife-based R.B. Grant Electrical Contractors has hired its first female apprentice after she completed a successful period of work experience.
Gail Glancy, 16, started her apprenticeship in June, beginning the process of fulfilling her childhood dream. “My grandfather was an electrician – I watched him fiddling around with things when I was younger and it seemed really interesting,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to be an electrician and I’m looking forward to going on to get my qualification.”
Grant said that Gail would be treated no differently from other apprentices. “There was no consideration as to whether she was a girl or a boy – she was just good” he said. “But I thought it would be good for us, because apart from one girl in the office we don’t employ any women and we have around 50 employees. It might be good to have a girl who can help people who live on their own.”
The new recruit has been welcomed by both staff and clients, he added, and has become something of a talking point.
Gail will now spend two years alternating between work and college in five-week blocks, and in her third year will attend college for a single week.
In the previous issue of Connections, NICEIC chief operating officer Emma McCarthy called for electrical companies to make more effort to recruit women.