Welling apprentice electrician out to prove it’s not a mans world

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 June 2013

Welling apprentice Sophie Bingham

Welling apprentice Sophie Bingham

Edward Shaw

Welling electrician Sophie Bingham is one of 10 people taking part in a nationwide campaign to promote craft apprenticeships for women.

The 20-year-old will attend a string of events across the country, talking about her experience as an apprentice and what she hopes to do in the future for training charity JLT.

Sophie said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in this programme. Women can do this kind of work just as well as men, but because industries such as electrical and plumbing are traditionally male-dominated, girls don’t even consider becoming apprentices.

“But I did it, and hopefully other young women will want to when they hear about my experience.”

JTL chairman Dr Ian Livsey said: “Female apprentices are often very successful, but a lot of girls at school don’t think to apply for apprenticeships in the craft sector as these industries are traditionally seen as male-orientated. Sophie is a fantastic example of what a young woman can achieve with the right support and guidance, and we hope that when girls in Bexley hear her story they will follow her lead.”

For more information or to discuss applying for a JTL apprenticeship, visit or telephone 0800 085 2308.

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