Having always worked in administration, Emma was keen to get away from this female stereotype, so when she was made redundant from her role, she asked her employer, Kirklees Council, if they’d help her retrain as an electrician. Emma’s employers agreed and she began a four-year Apprentice Electrician course, studying NVQ level 3 and Electrotech level 3 courses with Bradford College. Although the course she enrolled for was for four years, Emma’s determination and willingness to study at college and home meant she completed the course in just two and a half years in February 2011. Emma is now an ambassador for her employer and visits young people in the community, giving talks to help them realise their own potential.
Having been faced with the challenge of learning for a new career, hours of study and coping with a reduction in wage, Emma knows she will reap the rewards for herself and son as an Installation Electrician. As Emma says in her community talks, “To reach for aspirations takes hard work and determination; however, anything is achievable and it can also be lots of fun.”