Female construction student Remi Newman is celebrating ‘the double’ after winning a London-wide Electrician of the Year competition – and then being offered an apprenticeship by the contest’s sponsors!
Remi, who is on the Level 2 Electrical Installations course at New City College’s Construction & Engineering Centre in Rainham, went up against 10 other female trainees and tradeswomen in the International Women’s Day competition, sponsored by ESG and hosted at Lewisham College.
The 16-year-old, who lives in Dagenham, did particularly well to take the title as she was competing against females of a high standard, including apprentices and some who are working in the industry already.
She said: “It’s been crazy! People and companies on social media are recognising me since I won. I feel like I have proved to myself that I am good at what I do and I am capable of doing it.
“I’m obviously in a male-dominated industry and I did think I would come up against problems, but I honestly haven’t. I would recommend every girl to just go for it.
“People are always shocked when I tell them what I want to do, but I enjoy it and it’s so rewarding. We still have a way to go in terms of stereotypes of women in a trade, however I like to prove their perceptions wrong. The industry is changing. Women now have their own work clothes, tools and their own toilets on worksites.”