Melissa Hart, 23 of Walsall proudly supports women progressing into gas engineering roles. Having left school with the blessing of her first child, Mel's start to her career took a rather different turn.
At the age of 15 Mel was pregnant sitting her exams in school, which meant she was in a rather different position regarding her career prospects. Mel decided to start her career working in a care home to fit around looking after her child, she then managed to succeed getting an administration role with a gas company. It was here Mel noticed a high amount of males in the job role, thinking to herself, if they can do it then why can't I?
Mel states: "When I was 21, I went for an interview with WHG and I was so excited to progress my role as an apprentice gas engineer, it made me feel me feel empowered to be able to do the same things as a lot of men in this type of industry.
My journey started as me doing 4 days working and 1 day training at PM Training. It was challenging with having a child to look after but I've honestly never looked back. I just wish I had done it sooner, I'm really enjoying it. I think these kind of roles are very stereotypically male roles which Is what pushes me into wanting to learn more and be able to hopefully one day be my own boss."
"Melissa is one of the best apprentices I've ever taught" - Kevin Tildesley, Gas Engineering Tutor.
She continues: "My day-to-day roles in my job include me installing, maintaining, and repairing pipelines and gas appliances for residences and businesses. I love the fact that no work day is the same, it's always different and I get to meet new people and take on new challenges on a regular basis. It's hard work, but at the end of the day you feel like you've really achieved something and I think that's so important with any job.
The staff at PM Training have been great and really supportive, I haven't come across many women really on my journey so far but It was so refreshing knowing that the head of the Building Services and Engineering at PM Training is a woman."
"I'd say to any girl leaving school or looking at changing their career path, definitely look into Gas Engineering. It's challenging but it's such a rewarding career and can really financially rewarding."
If you would like to know more about gas engineering, you can explore our information page here. At PM Training, all our apprenticeship opportunities from business administration through to construction are open to everyone.
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