Sinéad Norwood who is an Apprentice Cable Jointer with NIE Networks started her apprenticeship in 2016. The mum of one from Belfast is successfully developing a career in the Electrical Engineering Industry and is quickly proving women can easily go against the trend and rise to the challenge of the job in Electrical Engineering.
Just last month Sinéad was recognised with 3 prestigious awards at the NIE Networks Apprentice and Company Awards to include, Best Apprentice Journey, Apprentice Ambassador and Best Academic Apprentice.
Sinéad saw the advert for the Apprenticeship Programme on a friends Facebook page and decided to apply because at school she was always interested in STEM subjects and she felt an apprenticeship was the best way to follow her passion for engineering.
She liked the idea of being able to learn both practical skills and theory together. Sinéad is now a final year apprentice and says her skills and knowledge have developed immensely throughout the apprenticeship, with a great variety of learning within the training school, onsite and in the classroom.
As part of the apprenticeship programme Sinéad studied a Level 3 BTEC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Northern Regional College, she is now studying a Level 4 HNC funded by NIE Networks, and hopes to apply for the apprentice to graduate programme that NIE Networks offer.
When asked what advice she would give to women who are considering a career in engineering, she says go for it! She loves the variety of the job and the fact that every day is different. She gets to travel and meet new people on a daily basis.
At NIE Networks we pride ourselves in the fact that we create real jobs with real opportunities for all apprentices after successful completion of the programme. Our apprenticeship programme is a great opportunity for people to gain highly specialised skills to work on the electricity network. We firmly believe that the best way to develop highly skilled, motivated and enthusiastic future employees is through our targeted and focused apprentice programme.
NIE Networks has launched its apprentice recruitment campaign for next year as the company seek new bright spark apprentices for the class of 2019, with applications opening in January.
For more information on the NIE Networks’ apprenticeship programme and to find out how to apply, visit www.nienetworks.co.uk/careers/apprentice-training-programme