Kirstie has overcome prejudice to succeed in a maledominated field. On entering further education in 2007, she took courses in vehicle body and paint operations, achieving level 3 in record time. She then started a vehicle paint repair job and enrolled with Derbyshire Adult Continuing Education to study City & Guilds Welding courses, progressing from level 1 to level 3 in just 16 months. She won the Automotive Custom Paint Competition in 2008. Education-hungry Kirstie joined the University of Derby at Buxton College and gained ABC level 2 Welding, as well as a Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualification. She’s now completed ABC level 3 Welding and aims to complete the Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, enabling her to teach Welding at Buxton College.
Kirstie’s commitment to learning means she has a career she enjoys: “My life has been greatly influenced by my training because I now excel in my job and earn a better wage. I have proved to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to.”