Less than one in every thousand electrical contractors in the UK is female, but, unfazed by that statistic, apprentice electrician Gemma Scarlett, 22, from Dagenham is determined to carve a great career for herself.
Gemma studies at Barking & Dagenham College one day a week and spends the other four days as part of a mechanical and electrical team.
“Being an electrician is 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,” Gemma said.
“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.
“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.”