Electrical Contracting News (ECN) March 2017 - Page 32

FEATURE APPRENTICESHIPS Sam receives her award from left JTL chairman Ian Livsey and JTL CEO Jon Graham. BUCKING THE TREND The electrical industry has carried a reputation in the past for being male dominated. While the statistics might still show this to be the case, steps have been made in recent years to encourage more women into the trade. ECN discovers why Sam Jones, from the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, decided to become an electrician. Nearly all electricians begin their working lives as apprentices and Sam Jones is no different. What is different, is that Sam is one of the growing band of women electricians, drawn to what many still see as a man’s world, but succeeding and making quite a name for herself in her chosen profession. Her achievements are many and her skill levels are high. She achieved her apprenticeship working with leading work based training specialist JTL and she puts a lot of her success down to the support she was given by JTL and the confidence she gained as a result of the training company’s decision to invite her to become an ambassador for the company, trying to encourage other young women to make the electricians world, their world. She blames her dad for suggesting her role in life. Sam was working in the care industry, caring for adults with learning difficulties, but she had this nagging feeling that she should be doing something else – something that would stretch her and give her something to keep her interested. Sam’s dad suggested she became an electrician and advised her to contact a friend of his who ran an electrical contracting business in the Forest of Dean. Pressure Sam called Melvyn John and the rest, as they say, is history. Melvyn took her on as his current apprentice had just qualified. 32 | March 2017