Apprentice to teacher - Kirsty's story

“I didn’t know one end of a screwdriver to another,” says British Gas apprentice Kirsty Haig, looking back on the first day of her apprenticeship. But, with hard work, she worked her way up to a fully trained engineer, as she puts it: “fixing stuff for customers and leaving them happy.”

Kirsty’s skills impressed colleagues. So much so, in fact, that she now teaches at an academy. “People told me I should further my career, so I applied for a secondment to Thatcham academy. A couple of months later, here I am with my own group.”

“It’s really daunting when you’ve got 12 faces looking back at you, expecting you to know everything. But my confidence has grown already, and it’s amazing. I walked into the office yesterday, very excited that they had actually learned how to service a boiler within the first three weeks. I was very proud.”

Only 6% of engineering apprentices are female, but companies such as British Gas are changing this. Discover how more women like Kirsty can enjoy the life-changing benefits of an apprenticeship.


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