As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Fortem Plumbing apprentice Emma Canvin has won the Outstanding Apprentice award in Construction.
Emma said: “I’m right chuffed; I wasn’t expecting to receive this award. I haven’t been here as long as some others so thought that someone else would have won. I can’t win to ring my husband and tell him! I’m going to put the award on my shelf.”
“I thought that, because of my age, I wasn’t going to get into this apprenticeship.”
With Emma’s contributions being recognised on International Women’s Day, she gave advice to all women considering a role in the Construction sector.
Emma added: “Being a woman you need to fight – it’s so much harder than it is for a man. Some people just won’t entertain you, so if you want it you have to really go for it. It’s been hard, but now I’m in a job I love – I even have my own van!”
“I knew nothing about plumbing or gas before I started. I think, because I’d done 16 years in Care, I’d hit a wall and thought a change in career would be right for me. I was in my mid-thirties and chose to go into something I’ve wanted to for a while.”
“If I can say anything to anyone that’s female that wants to do it then go for it and keep going because it can be challenging. It can be daunting because it is primarily a man’s world, but we are slowly taking over!”