Thank you for looking at my blog. I am here to tell you a tiny bit about me but a lot more about Jobs for the Girls.
My name is Paul Collins and I am the communications manager at NICEIC - the UK's leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. It has been assessing the electrical competence of electricians for over fifty years and currently maintains a roll of over 26,000 registered contractors.
In 2011 NICEIC set up its Jobs for the Girls campaign to encourage more women to become electricians.
I manage the campaign on behalf of NICEIC which aims to support the hundreds of women who are out there showing that working as an electrician is not just for boys.
So, that is enough about me. Below is some more about the campaign.
Jobs for the Girls
Women are severely under-represented in most trade professions with less than one in every thousand electricians a female.
The Jobs for the Girls campaign aims to encourage more women into the industry and redress the imbalance.
The objectives of the campaign are straight forward. We want to:
- Inspire more women to seek a career as an electrician
- Promote the benefits of employing female electricians
- Challenge prejudices of a ‘male only’ profession
- Highlight the opportunities and benefits a career as an electrician can offer such as flexible working hours and a skill for life
- Secure backing from key stakeholders such as MP’s, industry bodies and personnel
Since launching the campaign we have achieved these and so much more. We have successfully challenged sexist adverts in the media and appeared on national TV and Radio– with support from Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey.
Last year we also launched our Jobs for the Girls Academy - a series of sessions providing technical, business and industry advice to give women a helping hand in the industry.
The academy was our response to networking meetings which revealed that getting a foot in the industry and gaining experience was still a barrier for many women.
Several of the women who attended are now forging a successful career for themselves as registered electricians and there is now a dedicated website www.jobsforthergirls.com with more information about the campaign.
Please come back and visit for more information about the campaign and our future plans.