Trust employee in awards shortlist
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities
Lisa McKenna, 40, an electrician at Halton Housing Trust has been shortlisted in the Women in Construction awards.
The awards celebrate the best female achievers in the house building and wider construction industries. Lisa has been shortlisted in the Best Apprentice/New Starter 25 and over.
Following a divorce and the difficult decision to leave her office job to look after her young children Lisa was out of work for two years. After deciding on a new career she first completed a short course in cold water plumbing before setting her heart on wanting to to become an electrician.
Lisa started working at the Trust four years ago as an apprentice. As well as working full time she studied one day a week at Riverside College for a level 3 electrical qualification. After qualifying as an electrician in July 2012, Lisa secured a permanent position at The Trust.
Noel Sharpe, Executive Director for Customer Services at the Trust said: “We are delighted Lisa’s journey had been recognised in this way. She is a great asset to our team and other females in the industry.”
Lisa said, “I started doing DIY at home because I had to but found I was good at it – before I started my electrical apprenticeship I could barely change a plug. My advice to other women who want to become an electrician is just do it!”
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 27th February at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club.
This achievement can be added to the award she received from the Trust as ‘apprentice of the year’ as well as appearing in a DVD made by Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills.