Katie loves knowing that her job keeps people safe in their homes

When I was at school I didn’t know what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I wasn’t sure if University was for me, and I couldn’t imagine myself sitting at a desk every day.

I had volunteered for Melin’s youth group for four years since I was 14. During this time I attended a contractor event and it struck me that the industry was very male dominated.

I liked that Melin was passionate about increasing gender equality within construction, this was something that meant a lot to me too. I volunteered within the electrical team and after a few days decided this was definitely the job for me.

I registered with a work based learning provider, you have to pass exams that test your Maths and English, but I did it.

I only had to wait a few months and an apprenticeship came up and I was successful at interview.

There is no such thing as a typical week, I attend college one day a week and then shadow different members of the electrical team. Everyone is so friendly and I love that we are keeping residents safe in their homes. In fact meeting all the residents is the favourite part of my job.

I recently passed my driving licence and even though I have only been here six months I feel more and more confident each day.  I am glad I took the opportunity to volunteer, and now I have a trade for life.