NICEIC and ELECSA launch Jobs for the Girls academy

01/11/2013

NICEIC and ELECSA have launched an Academy to help female electricians for the next stage of its Jobs for the Girls initiative campaign.

The Academy is a series of four sessions held over 2013/14 providing technical, business and industry advice which aims to give females a helping hand into the electrical industry.
 
A group of 14 women attended the first session last week, which was led by NICEIC’s Tony Cable and Darren Staniforth and included a talk from the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) John Chamberlain.
 
Certsure CEO Emma Clancy, who was instrumental in launching the Jobs for the Girls initiative, said: “Women are still severely underrepresented in the electrical industry and wider construction sector. By launching this Academy we want to address that imbalance and arm women with the skills to go out there and make a real mark in the industry.”
 
Session one of the Academy focussed on electrical principles and calculations, protective devices and safe isolation. Future sessions will look at surge protection, green technologies and certification of works.
 
The academy is open to anyone who feels they may benefit – including those already embarking on a career as an electrician.
 
Satsuki Harris, a trainee electrician with housing maintenance firm Lovells commented: “Having a point of contact with people like Tony, Darren and John is highly valuable for me as it gives me the confidence to ask for support on technical issues. This can only ever be a good thing for my career.”
 
You can find out more about the campaign at www.jobsforthegirls.com

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