Bradford-based air management firm Mansfield Pollard, has employed its first female apprentice.
Charlotte Dresser has joined Mansfield Pollard on an advanced apprenticeship programme which will enable her to develop a career as an electrical engineer.
Mansfield Pollard works with Appris to deliver Engineering Manufacture apprenticeships, and Building Engineering Services Training (BEST) in refrigeration, electrical engineering and fabrication and welding.
Dresser will be joining the company’s other apprentices who are already taking part in one of these schemes.
She said: “I am really excited to be beginning my working life with Mansfield Pollard. The company has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing its staff and I’m looking forward to being part of the team.
“I was surprised to learn that only 7% of people working in the UK engineering sector are women, so I hope that more girls will consider becoming apprentices.”
Joanna Robinson, MD at Mansfield Pollard added: “We are always looking for young recruits who have energy, enthusiasm, commitment, a great work ethic, and an ability to work in a team.
“Charlotte ticks all of these boxes and she is in the vanguard of what we hope will be a wave of young females joining this company, and others in the industry.”