We are delighted to be celebrating Women in Construction week with an interview with our Gas Quality Control Auditor, Cheryl Steels.
Cheryl gives us an insight into how she became a engineer, the struggles she faced and the benefits of working in a construction environment.
1. How long have you worked in the gas industry?
“I have worked within the gas industry for the past 11 years.”
2. Why did you choose construction role?
“I had been working in various roles and felt the need for a change. On speaking to my mother, she suggested getting into a trade such as plumbing as there was always a need for engineers. On further investigation I signed up for a plumbing course at a local college. Unfortunately, it was difficult to find the support locally to meet the onsite part of the development required to complete my portfolio. I then applied to work with a large national gas contractor who took me on as an apprentice, which led me to achieving my gas qualifications and then furthering myself within the business.”
3. What do you enjoy the most about your role?
“I still have a great deal of control with regards to the areas I work in and the fact that there is the ability to earn more without having to work additional hours, but by offering additional assistance you are recognised for your hard work and endeavour.”
4. What advice would you give to a young woman thinking about entering the industry?
“Honestly, its hard work and a tough industry, but if you work hard and put the effort in, as well as choosing the right company with the right ethos to work for, which I have been fortunate to have found, you will always have people around you that are willing to help and advise and that want to see you succeed.”
5. What makes you proud to work in the construction industry?
“The sense of purpose that I ensure that the work undertaken ensures that others live in a safe environment and that my skills and knowledge ensure both this, and the future development, knowledge and skills of engineers working within the industry is maintained and improved.”