Interserve Press Office | Apr 04, 2019
Molly Folan, 25, an electrical engineering apprentice with Interserve Group Limited has attended a reception at Westminster College to celebrate the role of women in the construction industry.
Organised by Women Into Construction, supported by Interserve Engineering Services - Molly’s employer – the event brought together women from across the industry to celebrate their contribution to the UK construction sector.
Women Into Construction is an independent not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender equality in the construction industry providing bespoke support to women wishing to work in the construction industry, and assist contractors to recruit highly motivated, trained women, helping to reduce skills gaps and create a more gender-equal work force.
In a survey conducted by housebuilder, Keepmoat just 13% of women surveyed aged 16-25 would consider a career in construction - mainly because they were unaware of the variety of roles that existed in construction, with the general perception that they were heavy manual labour.
Molly has always wanted to be an electrician. She said: “I have always had a passion for electrics and how things work so after seeing an apprenticeship opportunity in my local newspaper. I arranged to meet with the local construction college and explained that I was keen to work in the electrical industry.
“They gave me a list of different apprenticeships that were available. The first one was for a quantity surveyor role but I expressed my interest for the electrical side of the industry and when they told me there was an Electrical Design Engineering Apprenticeship available at Interserve. I was ecstatic.”
Molly, who works in Interserve Engineering Services’ London and South East England regional division, has thrived since she began her journey to become a fully-trained engineer.
She said: “I love all the different projects we get to work on at Interserve, as some are beautiful old buildings that need some repairs, and others are starting from scratch. I really enjoy seeing the project progress especially the ones that start as nothing to the finished building. There is a great sense of achievement and satisfaction.”
Leigh Doman, Regional Director at Interserve Construction, said: “Molly is a shining example of what women can achieve in the construction sector and she has a great career ahead of her. Interserve is committed to developing its apprentices as part of our strategy to create a workforce fit to deliver a sustainable, profitable, construction business in support of our customers.”
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