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  Posted by: electime      7th March 2018

Studies show than one in every thousand electrical contractors in the UK is female. One woman from Dagenham is unfazed and ready to take the electrical sector by storm.

22-year-old apprentice electrician, Gemma Scarlett studies at Barking and Dagenham College one day a week and spends the other four days on the job as an integral part of the mechanical and electrical team at The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Gemma is eager to encourage other young women not to fear the career path: “Being an electrician for me was an excellent career choice; I am naturally very practical and no two days are the same. Being an electrician is a very useful trade to have and there is a variety of work that I do daily which makes the job interesting. I am currently working in domestic properties on door entry systems as well as re-wiring vacant and occupied properties for the council.

“My mum was always encouraging me to get into construction from an early age, as I was always building and fixing things around the house. My dad is happy for me too, as he knows that this is a great opportunity for my future career prospects.

“I am very optimistic about the future, as long as I keep putting in the hard work. I am currently three years into a four-year Apprenticeship with my final exam being late next year. I want to be really good at my job as an electrician and in the future, I hope to be a manager running my own business. I would like to say thank you to Barking and Dagenham College and my current employer London Borough of Barking and Dagenham do all their support throughout my Apprenticeship. “