Welling apprentice visits Westminster to encourage women into trades

PUBLISHED: 16:32 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:32 10 July 2013

Welling apprentice Sophie Bingham (back far right) visited Westminster to meet politicians such as Labour leader Ed Miliband

Welling apprentice Sophie Bingham (back far right) visited Westminster to meet politicians such as Labour leader Ed Miliband


A young Welling woman went to Westminster to meet politicians as part of a new campaign to encourage women into craft apprenticeships.

Electrician Sophie Bingham, 20, who works for Haydon M&E, attended a special event organised by training charity JTL.

The event, held at the House of Commons last Wednesday (July 3), aimed to raise awareness of the lack of female apprentices in the electrical, plumbing and heating and ventilating industries.

Sophie attended the event in her role as one of just 10 JTL Apprentice Ambassadors from across the country, and spoke about her experiences, as well as her hopes and ambitions for the programme.

Sophie says: “Meeting these politicians was an amazing experience. It was interesting how many of them didn’t realise how few female apprentices there are in the craft sector, but they were very supportive of the initiative.

“We want to show women that they can have successful careers as electricians and plumbers. I love being an apprentice electrician and I’m sure other women would too – they just need to find out more.”

JTL Chairman, Dr Ian Livsey, said: “We wanted to bring the Ambassadors to Westminster to address the perceived gender barriers to entering this industry, and to highlight the examples of success enjoyed by JTL’s female apprentices. This is just one of many events that Sophie will attend with us, as she helps inspire women from Bexley to train as craft apprentices.”

Brian Brownett, Haydon M&E, said: “We’re very proud that Sophie is part of this initiative. She’s a bright girl, with bags of enthusiasm and has a great future ahead of her. Hopefully Haydon will be at the forefront of promoting women in construction, just as we did during the Olympics, where we were heavily involved.”

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