News: Shauna and Cariad are electric!

21 Oct 2015

We’re chuffed to report that two local women are benefiting from a campaign designed to boost the number of females working in the traditionally male dominated world of construction.

Shauna Wigglesworth and Cariad Thomas-Cooke are currently studying to become electricians at The Sheffield College.

Along with a third student, Geraldine Hughes, we are supporting them, in partnership with NICEIC (the nation’s largest electrical regulatory body).

We joined up with NICEIC at the start of this year to create more opportunities in the sector for women.  Together we created a bursary for the three students which will help fund their studies throughout the course. NICEIC will provide additional support to help the trio find work placements with local firms.

Shauna, 24, is currently in the second year of her City and Guilds level 3 qualification.

“I was buzzing when I heard I’d got the funding. It’s given me a lot of stress relief, and will really help me with my plans to be an electrician,” she said.  “I’m the only woman in my class and the first few weeks at college were a bit weird. I get on with all the guys now though. My ultimate aim is to gain experience in installation work and then get into cable designing with an architect.”

The funding allowed 31-year-old Cariad to choose an alternative career path.

“Because of my age I don’t qualify for government funding. The bursary means I can retrain and go into a different career. I was itching to do something that wasn’t stuck in an office and I really want to become an electrician because of the options it opens up for me.”