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Leading Ladies In The Trade

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, we’re shining a (flood)light on some of the industry’s leading ladies, asking their advice for the next generation of tradeswomen.

If you’re looking to understand more about why construction isn’t just ‘a man’s world’ anymore, then have a read through these inspiring testimonials.


Kirsty Johnson, Electrician: @the_female_spark

What attracted to you being an electrician?

“I got into the construction industry purely by chance, but it started with my work experience at a building firm and I loved it from day one. Knowing that I wouldn’t be stuck in the same old office doing the same job day in day out is definitely what caught my interest.”

What advice do you have for young women starting their career in construction?

“For young girls starting out they should understand that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. If you give 100% and work as hard as you can, you’ll see that people give you 100% back!”

Beth Skinner, Bricklayer: @bethskinnerbricklayer

What attracted to you to bricklaying?

“This really came down to my love of buildings. For me, bricklaying combined two things that I love; property development and groundworks. Growing up, I used to watch Homes Under the Hammer and was fascinated by how they would transform a rundown building into something incredible. I wanted to be a part of that!”

How did you get into your current job?

“When I was leaving school, I was actually more interested in property development than a career on a building site – that’s why I decided on the Level 2 Multi-Skilled Apprenticeship.

“It just so happened that this had a massive influence on my next career move because of all the skills it taught me. At college, I was learning a full range of repair skills across different areas of construction. This included painting, tiling, plastering, bricklaying, joinery, plumbing and roofing. But at my on-site placement, I was focusing more on groundworks, which is where my love of bricklaying cemented.”

Do you face any challenges with your job?

“Bricklaying can sometimes be physically demanding and tiring but that’s when the love for your job really kicks in. If you didn’t enjoy being on-site and learning your trade you wouldn’t last. Whether or not you’re in the construction industry, you should always love what you’re doing!”

What advice do you have for young women starting their career in construction?

“Never let anyone tell you that you can’t, because you can! Also, never shy away from a challenge because that’s the only way you will learn.”

Carly Gayle, Plumber: @the_blonde_plumber

Who inspired you to get into plumbing?

“I got into the plumbing and gas industry from the age of 15 by working with my dad. He’s been in the industry for over 40 years and has been a great inspiration. I wanted to learn a trade that would allow me to be financially stable and offer great career progression. Plumbing was the obvious answer!”

Do you have any advice for any aspiring women plumbers?

“Just go for it full force and learn as much as you can. Take as much as you possibly can from every opportunity and always ask questions.”

Kristina Muircroft, Business Administration Manager, Jewson

How have you found it being a part of the construction industry?

“Going into a predominantly male environment at the age of 16 was nerve-wracking, but I was instantly made to feel part of the team. I had a fantastic mentor who had been in the industry for over 30 years so I felt like I had a lot of support and guidance.

“For any young women considering this career, don’t be intimidated by thinking the construction industry is a male-dominated industry. There are a lot of woman who shine in this business and it can be very rewarding!”