Jobs for the Girls

Karen Pike (HR Manager) and Laurie-ann Smith (Reliability Engineer) represented PEME at a ‘Jobs for the Girls’ event at the Business Centre in London. The event was hosted by Emma Clancy the CEO of NICEIC and Ascertiva.

PEME is a Member of the NICEIC Approved Contractor scheme which demonstrates our competence to perform Electrical installations in accordance with BS 7671. The scheme is for electrical contractors undertaking design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical installations to BS 7671. PEME has been assessed against a specific set of competency requirements, in particular the national electrical safety standard BS 7671 the IEE Wiring Regulations.

‘Jobs for the Girls’ is NICEIC’s campaign to encourage more women into the electrical contracting industry and is now in its second year. The event reviewed the progress of the campaign results to date, celebrated the successes so far and discussed how to progress the campaign.

Eve Pollard OBE (journalist and broadcaster) gave a short talk on her experiences working in the journalism industry, issues she came across and she also threw in a few humorous tales of her days as the editor of the Daily Mirror.

During the working lunch, ideas on possible apprenticeship schemes were discussed and how the attendees could help. The main aspects and ideas that came out of the discussion were the possibilities of an Ambassador Network, working to encourage more women into the industry, and the need to create a more accessible work experience network to bridge the gap between students and companies. We have an established apprentice training program with several women engineers working in the business having successfully completed their Apprenticeships with PEME.