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Article: 23 Feb 2016

Jobs for the Girls ambassador Eleanor Bell had her work featured in NICEIC’s Connections magazine recently.
Eleanor, who specialises in lighting design, has worked on some high profile projects in her native Cornwall recently – including two specialist jobs at Jubilee Wharf in the Cornish town of Penryn.
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Taster day sparks real interest

Press release: 24 June 2015

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 23).
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.

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NICEIC and ELECSA launch Jobs for the Girls Academy

Press release Thursday 3rd October 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:

“It was clear from the networking meetings we held last year that getting a foot in the industry and gaining experience is still a barrier for many women. So, in response we set up the Academy to provide some industry based learning to a group of women which we believe will enhance their skills and improve their career opportunities. 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.

Many of the attendees were just embarking on a career as an electrician or had just passed their level 3 qualification. However, 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.”

The Jobs for the Girls campaign was set up in 2011 with the aim of encouraging more women in to the electrical industry. It has proved a huge success with Emma Clancy joining several female contractors on national TV and radio to discuss the matter.  She also joined a group of women for a parliamentary reception at Westminster to present a case to members of parliament and last year the campaign was fronted by TV star Hilary Devey.

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Learning a trade offers women a way out of recession

Press Release, Tuesday 9th October

  • Since the start of the recession, unemployment among women has soared to more than 1.1 million
  • 73% of women believe that having children has had a negative impact on their career
  • 70% think that they are paid less than male colleagues in the same role
  • 18% say that male counterparts are given more respect in the workplace
  • 63% of 16-24 year old women said they would rather learn a skilled trade over a profession

Amid increasing turbulence in the job market, more women are feeling under-valued and overshadowed by their male counterparts. As a result, many now see learning a skilled trade as the answer to beating the recession, a new study reveals.

According to research by NICEIC, the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry, women are still at a disadvantage in the workplace with nearly half (45%) stating they are treated differently to men who hold the same position at work. Worryingly, more than half of women polled (55%) also believe that this shocking inequality has worsened since the recession.

The survey of 2,000 consumers reveals that three quarters of women (73%) believe that having children has had a negative effect on their careers and nearly a fifth also (18%) admit that men are given more respect in the office.

Surprisingly, seven out of 10 women (70%) feel that they are paid less than their male colleagues for doing the same role and a further three quarters (74%) wish that they had learned a skilled trade, as they say it would offer them greater flexibility in their working life.

Encouragingly though, nearly two thirds (63%) of 16-24 year old women polled said they are more interested in learning a skilled trade rather than a profession, because a trade stays with them for life. Interestingly, when asked which trade they would most like to learn, the number one choice was an electrician (35%).

In reaction to this, NICEIC is pledging its on-going support to championing women in industry with its Jobs for the Girls campaign. With the help of Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey, NICEIC aims to encourage more women to enter the electrical contracting industry. The organisation has also opened the doors to its Apprentice Academy, aimed at teaching young men and women the skills required to take up the mantle.

Having risen to the top of a typically male dominated industry herself, Emma Clancy, Chief Executive Officer of NICEIC, comments: “During these challenging economic times, we are learning that more women are feeling side lined in their careers as they tackle looking after their family while working full time. As a result, many are now looking for a flexible option that will enable them to work around their hectic home life and taking-up a trade is an option we would urge them to consider. Our research clearly shows that more young women are interested in learning a trade, so now is the time to dispel the gender myth and encourage them to join the industry.

“Our Jobs for the Girls initiative has already received MP support and widespread backing from female contractors and it’s with much personal passion and enthusiasm that I continue to head-up this campaign to encourage more women into the electrical contracting world.”

Entrepreneur and TV personality, Hilary Devey, adds: “The Jobs for the Girls campaign is very close to my heart, given my career in the traditionally male dominated industry of freight distribution. I am proof that women can smash through gender stereotypes, climb to the top of any profession and truly excel at what they do. I am extremely passionate about breaking down barriers for women in the workplace and that is why I am lending my full support to this campaign with NICEIC.”