Pledge a Tenner!
Ten years on since the Women’s Construction Centre came into existence we are looking to you for your help to ensure we are hear for the next ten years!
new date to be confirmed
Making Simple joints
Time lapse photo shoot from the Vast View building project in Romania in 2013 that a couple of WiCAT people were involved in - Follow our link to Grampus Heritage to see other projects that you could be involved in with them - fantastic opportunities all over Europe!
Amazing Opportunity to learn some traditional heritage skills abroad!!
LaDIYfest raises £1000 for WiCAT!
Have you got young kids..? The organisation WEST (Women in Engineering, Science & Technology) have produced 'Yes We Can', their brand new, free activity book for children.
It shows some of the jobs in engineering, science, technology and construction that anyone can do, using illustrations of real-live Sheffield tradeswomen including Laura the Handywoman, Kay the Plumber and Mandy the Electrician.
The book is also available to download for free - just click the WEST logo below
Record Number of Women Trade Workers
A recent article in the Mail Online claims that a record number of trade workers including builders and plumbers are now female, accounting for almost 6% of the industry.
There has been a massive increase in the number of women taking up classes in DIY, plastering, tiling, plumbing and other trades - to read the article in full, follow this link
Check out the link above to the Seven Hills Women's Institute Blogspot to see what fun was had when the WI and WICAT came together!
Mandy does it again!
Mandy Reynolds is one of our tutors at Wicat and the chair of our Management Committee. The following article is from the Sheffield Star on 23rd June 2013:
Double success a shock for electrician Mandy Female Electrician Mandy Reynolds from Totley in Sheffield winner of the Which? Local Business of the Year for Yorkshire and Humberside 18 June 2013
Image Paul David Drabble www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
Electrician Mandy Reynolds is a bit of a bright spark – she’s just won a top business award for the second time in three years.
The 55-year-old, from Heeley, has been named the region’s best local trader by website Which? Local – based on feedback from her customers.
She won the same accolade in 2011 and went on then to win the national title of Business of the Year.
Mandy said: “I was gobsmacked to win two years ago and I am utterly thrilled to have won again. I have some wonderful customers, who have taken their time to review my business on the website, so it is they I have to thank.”
Mandy is one of a select few – it’s estimated that less than one per cent of electricians in the UK are women. “Women are smart – they’ll choose a career at which they can really succeed,” she said. “and this is a very physical job, you have to lift floorboards and shift stones, so that is an issue – you do need to keep fit. But I don’t think there’s discrimination at work here. “after all if a client doesn’t want to employ a woman then they don’t ring you in the first place – so there’s no way of knowing if I’d be more successful if I was a man, I think I do bring female attributes to the job. We tend to be painstaking, tidier and we show empathy with the customer. And I do get a lot of repeat business.”
Mandy set up her company Mand Made in 2006 after quitting a career in the financial services industry. She found a base at an electrical and hardware shop in Totley, which is run by her husband Paul.
“I had no experience, not even remotely, but I wanted to find a service that would always be in demand, perhaps something to do with homes. Passing the exams only takes a couple of months – it’s then about getting known through word of mouth.”
Mandy’s business was still in its infancy when the recession struck in 2008.
“In a way I’ve never known anything but tough times and I’ve still managed to make a go of it. I do enjoy being my own boss and building the company, and I now have a young woman who is doing her training with me,” Mandy said. “There’s a different sort of stress to that which I experienced before, but now I’m doing it for me, not for someone else where the best I could hope for was a bonus. Now it’s all about seeing the business flourish.”