Monmouthshire Housing Association (MHA) is celebrating the success of two of its female apprentices after winning major awards this month.
The double success saw Painter and Decorator, Kelly Bennett win the CITB award for Outstanding Achievement, and Plumber, Catherine Campbell awarded Work Based Learner of the Year from Coleg Gwent It is hoped the pair will see further success later in the year, with both being put forward for Wales Apprentice of the Year.
With women making up just 11% of the construction industry, the achievement shows how the lack of gender diversity within the industry is being challenged at MHA. This is not the first time Catherine has altered the status quo, becoming one of the organisations first female apprentices when she joined in 2016
Deputy Head of Building Services Becky Oliver said: “Building Services are very proud of Kelly and Catherine’s achievements and recent awards. Both are conscientious, knowledgeable and work hard to do achieve excellent results.
“Building Services took on three female apprenticeships who are all valued members of the Building Services team. Catherine has recently qualified to be a plumber/heating engineer and has recently started working as a plumber carrying out responsive repairs on her own. Kelly has completed her apprenticeship and is now a qualified decorator and our third female apprentice Tracy Riggs is completing her apprenticeship this autumn to become a qualified plasterer. It is fantastic to see them develop in their career and enjoy what they do.”
John Kegan MHA’s CEO said: “I am proud of both Catherine and Kelly and what they have achieved. It’s great to see women excelling in what is typically a male dominated profession. It is an example to us all.”