Jobs for the girls: Construction a serious career path for female engineer from Rotherham

A female engineer is calling for more women to consider a career in construction.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 9:46 am

Emma Spotwood, aged 37, who is from Rotherham, is employed in the technical department of housebuilder Harron Homes as a services engineer.

Emma’s first professional role was also in administration but an interest in problem solving led her to pursue opportunities in the technical side of utilities.

She is now responsible for the planning and installation of vital services, including gas, electricity and water at Harron’s developments.

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She said: “I’m very often working around a muddy hole in the ground in my job.

" There have been a few raised eyebrows during my time but after 15 years in the profession I’ve learnt to ignore any judgement.

"It quickly falls away when people see I mean business.

"I know I’m good at my job and that’s the best advice I can give anyone considering a career in a field that is stereotypically male - be confident in your abilities.

“And remember a stereotype is just that, it’s an illusion. Gender plays no part in the reality of my working life.

"Just get your teeth stuck in.

"That’s what I did and I love my job. It’s incredibly rewarding and I feel very supported by Harron.”

John Booth, MD at Harron Homes said: “It’s vital that the next generation of our industry’s workforce comes from a truly diverse pool and that we call out inequality when we see it.

“We fully support all our colleagues in their career progression and are incredibly proud that Emma is such powerful role models for other women considering what career path to choose.”

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