Chloe Bidwell, a Joinery Apprentice with Varcity Living, Bangor, and Coleg Menai, Llangefni, is encouraging other young female students to consider a career in a trade.
Varcity Living manages and owns a variety of student properties in and around Bangor. Chloe’s duties include repairing and maintaining the facilities within the properties, and the condition of the properties themselves. Chloe also works on fitting kitchens, making gates and planing doors. Attending Coleg Menai’s campus in Llangefni once a week, she is working towards her Level 2 NVQ qualification in Joinery.
Chloe said, “I prefer working with my hands rather than traditional academic work. I really enjoy working as a Joiner as you get to see the things you have made and feel a real sense of achievement when a task is finished!”
“I’m usually always the only woman on site - being the only woman can sometimes be quite challenging as I am always the smallest, this sometimes can create obstacles in your work however I tend to find ways to defeat these obstacles and get the work done nonetheless. I get on well with the men on site - and despite it being a male dominated industry, they are always very supportive in trying to help me achieve my goals in joinery.”
“I’d encourage any girls who are considering this kind of career to go for it. It may be nerve racking thinking about working in a male-dominated industry, but there’s so much support available to women getting into the construction and trade industries.”
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