Pamela, 22, from Alexandria is a perfect example of young women leading a successful career in Electrical industry – not only achieving in her studies but winning Apprentice of the Year!

Pamela gained an Electrical apprenticeship with West Dunbartonshire Council and after studying for three years at our Clydebank campus Pamela has now moved into her 4th year in my Apprenticeship and is in her 1st year of the HNC Electrical Engineering at Paisley Campus. Her biggest accolade to date is being awarded the First Year Trade Apprentice of the Year title at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) 2017 Awards.

Here is her story

Before joining the college I worked at a local hotel and I was delighted to gain an Electrical apprenticeship with the Council which gave me the chance to study at the College alongside work.

Being a female and working within construction, is no different to being a female and working in hairdressing or any other trade. In this day and age it is much more welcomed and I will always encourage more females to pursue a trade. Although it’s not always about money, trade work is highly paid, and females are extremely sought after.

My overall experience at the College has been great so far, the lecturers have been so helpful, they were always there if you needed them and put a huge effort into helping each individual student. The students in my class would also help each other out, my class was fun and there was never a dull day.

I expected the course to be tough and to test me in all aspects both practically and theoretically, which of course it did, but I would definitely recommend the college as it is a very friendly place to be and a learning experience.

Winning the Apprentice of the Year award was my greatest achievement to date. I felt empowered and overwhelmed to have won it - it goes to show that if you work hard then you can achieve great results! My ambition for the future is to have my trade papers first and foremost, and then I would love to expand my knowledge even further, possibly working as an engineer on Boats or Planes.

I would definitely recommend the course and an apprenticeship path to other females, especially ones interested in different types of jobs.  Anyone can do it, if you put in the effort that is expected you can finish with a fantastic qualification, which can lead to an excellent career in the long term.

Do you want to follow in Pamela’s footsteps? Are you a female interested in starting your career in the Electrical industry? APPLY NOW for our January start SySTEM Change – Female Pre-Apprenticeship Electrical Engineering Programme. This fully-funded programme offers real skills and job opportunities for females in the industry. Click here to apply