Lucy Martin, 27 from Leeds, joined the British Gas apprenticeship scheme in October 2013 after leaving the Royal Air Force.
Lucy began to explore her options and found the British Gas careers page on Facebook, where she learned about the apprenticeship scheme and how it could help her on her way to a successful career in engineering.
She said: “I was an engineer in the RAF, so the British Gas apprenticeship in service and repair was the perfect career path. I really enjoy being hands on, so I knew that the scheme would be for me.”
It wasn’t long before Lucy made the leap and signed up to the apprenticeship and, less than two years later, she gained a Level 3 Diploma in Gas Utilisation. Lucy finds her job as a British Gas engineer incredibly rewarding and enjoys meeting different customers.
She said: “One of the best aspects of my job is helping customers who need some extra support. I remember one time I was able to help an elderly lady whose boiler was leaking. When I arrived at her home she was wrapped up in blankets, and she was over the moon when I had completed the job and fixed it for her.”
Lucy isn’t fazed by working in a largely male-dominated role.
“Working in an industry made up of men really doesn’t bother me at all. Many customers are surprised when I show up at their front door and sometimes assume that I’m from the office and not the engineer, but generally people are very encouraging.
“I would urge anybody interested in pursuing a career in engineering, both men and women, to do an apprenticeship. Every day is different and the job is really rewarding, and being able to earn money while you’re learning is great.”