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- Left school after GCSE's a year ago, not sure what to do next.
Hi, I'm 17 years old and completed my GCSE's last July. I went into Sixth Form until January 2013 but really didn't enjoy it, so I left and got a part-time job that I love in retail. I'm not looking to go to Uni, but I do want to get....... Read More
Lianne Edwards - From Sergeant Major to Spark!
There are some people who know what they want from an early age, and there are others who take a little longer to find a role that suits them. It’s not a case of trial and error, more like being selective about what suits you best.
Lianne Edwards has enjoyed a variety of jobs from serving in the Territorial Army (TA) to pulling pints, but she’s now swapped it all for life as an electrician.
After serving in the army cadets for five years and achieving the rank of Sergeant Major, Lianne decided she wanted to do a job which made better use of her interest in practical work and involved more time working with the public.
Having had an interest in electrical work for a number of years, and, seeing how the number of women working in the industry was increasing, Lianne decided to re-train.
Lianne trained as an electrician at Dudley College, fitting in her college commitments around looking after her four year old son.
She found her placement after taking part in a workshop for ‘Women in Construction’, where she was recommended for an interview with Superior Plumbing Installations (SPI Npower), a mechanical and electrical installation and maintenance services business, part of Npower. The company took her on as an adult apprentice and arranged for her to transfer from her full-time course to a day release apprenticeship programme.
Now fully qualified after passing the AM2 assessment, delivered by industry charity NET (National Electrotechnical Training), Lianne has just won an ECA Edmundson Award, recognising her achievements throughout her training.
The Edmundson awards celebrate the best trainees every year; Lianne won the Adult Trainee of the Year award, a tribute to how far she’s come since she enrolled on the course at Dudley College six years ago.
“Winning the Edmundson Award was brilliant,” Lianne said. “It’s great to have all my hard work recognised, as fitting the training in around my family commitments was tough. The new kit awarded as a part of the prize will be very useful, and the trip to Vienna was amazing!”
Lianne is still working for SPI Npower, and says that being female has not held her back at all: “I’m very lucky as the people in my company don’t treat me any differently because I’m female. I can just go in and get on with my job and be treated as one of the boys.”
As of September 2010, under the Qualifications Curriculum Framework (QCF), the AM2 is a formal component of the electrotechnical Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Diploma.