Dagenham’s Gemma is one in a thousand

Apprentice electrician Gemma Scarlett

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.”


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