Female electrical apprentice struggling to find employment

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A female electrical apprentice from Fareham is struggling to find a job in the area.

Sarah Alexander, 19, has recently completed her foundation level one diploma in electrical installation at Fareham College in partnership with Steve Willis Training.

But her biggest hurdle to date is finding an electrical contractor in the Portsmouth area willing to take on a female apprentice.

From an early age Sarah knew she didn’t want an office job after helping her dad with DIY and electrics around the home.

She said: ‘I find working on electrics really interesting, I enjoy how challenging it is and the technicalities involved.

‘I just wish I could find someone willing to take me on’.

Steve Willis, managing director of Steve Willis Training Centre, said: ‘It’s great to see a girl wanting to do an electrical apprenticeship.

‘Businesses have a lot to gain by taking on an apprentice. Not only might they be eligible for a £1,500 employer grant, but having someone they can mould from an early stage, and one who attends a quality training centre like ours while gaining an industry recognised qualification, is a massive bonus. I only hope that Sarah is successful in finding a suitable employer.’

If you are interested in taking on apprentices like Sarah or you want to find out more, call (023) 92 190 190 or email apprenticeships@stevewillis.com.