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Here come the girls…


Published by Gareth Holmes for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities

Sophie Dawes, Sanctuary Maintenance Skilled Worker Sophie Dawes, Sanctuary Maintenance Skilled Worker

The maintenance industry has been traditionally seen as a man’s world, yet a growing number of females are entering the workplace, determined to succeed. Sanctuary Maintenance, a total facilities management provider, has seen the number of females applying to become maintenance operatives increasing at a steady pace.

A Brighton woman Sophie Dawes is part of the growing number of women working hard to get all of the relevant experience and training needed to become fully qualified maintenance operatives.

Sophie, 20, had already gained her qualifications in carpentry when she went looking for work with the maintenance industry. Whilst the qualification proved her capable she found herself falling short because of a lack of on-the-job experience.

Sophie said, “Whilst all of my friends were interested in doing hair and beauty courses I knew that I wanted to get into a building trade. After completing my course I knew I needed to get some real experience to prove that I could cut it out of the training room. I was put in touch with Sanctuary Maintenance and the rest as they say is history.”

Seeing females doing highly manual jobs may still be seen as unusual because of the preconceived notions to do with physically demanding trades, yet the signs show that more and more women are getting into male dominated industries. This movement should not be gawped or sneered at, but celebrated and praised as these young women are proactively investing in their futures.


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