The WEST Fund was established in memory of Ros Wall who was instrumental in setting up a range of local and national projects to encourage women and girls to take up careers in non-traditional roles in Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment. WEST is a voluntary organisation based in Sheffield and run by a group of trustees who have been involved in this area since the 1980s. Every year WEST makes small bursaries to offer practical support to women and girls who are learning or working in a non-traditional role or would like to do start to do this. For the last five years the bursary money has been raised through an annual film night. In 2013 WEST received funds to develop outreach work. It is now working with three partners and other organisations to encourage girls and women in Sheffield to get involved in subjects and careers that they might not usually consider.

Find out more ▶

30 Jun 2015

Sparky women!

Thanks to the group of 12 women interested in finding out more about becoming an electrician who attended our free taster day at Sheffield College this week. We set it up to coincide with National Women in Engineering Day.

The women gained insight into the sector, and had a go at practical sessions involving wiring a 2-way lighting circuit.

Award-winning Sheffield based spark Mandy Reynolds told the women about her experiences in the industry.

“It was great to see the enthusiasm being shown and evidence that there is a real genuine interest from women to get involved in electrical work,” she said.  “Traditionally, women might not have been given the opportunity or 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.”

We organised the event along with NICEIC, and support from The Sheffield College and JTL Training.

We are currently trying to find ways to encourage women to study as electricians, including potentially reduced fees and bursaries. This year, NICEIC is kindly offering bursaries to women wanting to study for a career in the electrical industry.

If you are interested in finding out about training courses at The Sheffield College this September, please get in touch with Liz before July 10.


Get updated

Enter your email below to sign up to our newsletter


Car maintenance at WICAT >
10am - 4pm Saturday 29 August 2015
Women's Construction Centre, 21 Buckenham Street, Sheffield S4 7JQ

Car maintenance at WICAT >
10am - 4pm Sunday 30 August 2015
Women's Construction Centre, 21 Buckenham Street, Sheffield S4 7JQ

Joinery at WICAT >
10am - 4pm Saturday 19 September 2015
Women's Construction Centre, 21 Buckenham Street, Sheffield S4 7JQ

See more events

Our Partners