Women encouraged to take up a trade

13/02/2013

Women are being encouraged to take up a trade as research reveals the escalating cost of childcare has become a major barrier for mothers wanting to get back into work.

The comments come from NICEIC CEO Emma Clancy who recently set up the Jobs for the Girls campaign which aims to encourage more women into the electrical industry.

“For many women, trying to maintain a full-time career while raising a family and running a home can be exhausting,” commented Emma. “The aim of NICEIC’s Jobs for the Girls campaign is to highlight another career option that they may not have previously thought of and one that offers a great deal of flexibility.”

Last week, the former trade minister and government adviser Lord Davies said more needed to be done to help mothers return to work commenting “The reality is, if you have a child and want to work, it’s so expensive it puts a lot of women off working.” Learning a trade offers women greater flexibility around their working hours whilst still earning an income that can support their family.

Kellie Dillon-Welch trained to become an electrician three years ago and recently set up her own business True Power Electrics. She comments: “I needed a career that would enable me to earn enough to support my family, while still being able to do the morning school run and spend quality time with my son.

“Learning a trade has given me that flexibility and more, I can now pick and choose the work I do around my home life, meaning that I get my independence, as well as the family time I craved.”

Emma added: “Our research has found that women are facing an uphill struggle in the working world. They are coping with fewer opportunities in the job market while trying to juggle a hectic home life and often have to work within a tight financial budget; which is no easy feat.

“As a result, many are looking for a flexible career that will enable them to work around their home life and taking up a trade is an option that we would urge them to consider. Encouragingly, our research revealed that three quarters of women (74%) surveyed wished they had learned a trade, so now is the time to dispel any gender myths and take up a trade.”

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