Dunster Biomass Heating Apprentice Paving the Way for Women in the Renewable Energy Industry
BIG congratulations to our heat apprentice, Sophie Jenkins who won the Young Apprentice of the Year Award last year at the Geberit Awards and made it to the finals of Screwfix Trade Apprentice this year!
An advocate for renewable energy, Sophie was awarded £1000 pounds at the Geberit Awards and treated to a day at Google HQ in London as part of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice final round.
“It felt amazing to receive such a prestigious award from Geberit last year, and I can’t believe I made it to the finals of Screwfix Trade Apprentice this year! Engineering and construction is always seen as a ‘man’s world’, so it was great to break the mould and be recognised for my hard work," said Sophie.
According to the Women’s Engineering Society, only 9 percent of the UK’s engineering workforce is female, which is below the rest of Europe.
Sophie’s passion is not just about encouraging girls into the industry, but also about increasing awareness of biomass in her community.
“I’ve been a Somerset girl all my life and I would love to see more awareness about sustainable energy in my area. I am glad that I can give a bit back to the community, one biomass boiler at a time!,” said Sophie.
Sophie’s role involves observing central heating systems and installing biomass boilers. Sophie has been involved in well-known projects for the National Trust as well as the Beaulieu Motor Museum.
She attributes her success to thorough training by seniors at Dunster Biomass Heating.
“I was always closely monitored by the lead engineers, who gave me the time of day. They gave me more support than I have ever could have imagined, but at the same time, they didn’t wrap me in cotton wool,” said Sophie.
She hopes to raise further awareness about renewable energy through her work and is excited about her prospects with Dunster.
“I love waking up and going to work every day. My advice to other girls who want to work in this industry is to be assertive, determined and hard working,” said Sophie.
Take a look at Sophie's Screwfix semi-finals entry vedio:
10 May 2016 - Sneak Peak: Stages of a Biomass Installation
9 May 2016 - Biomass Boiler Maintenance Tips
28 April 2016 - Expert Insight in to the sustainability credentials of biomass
12 April 2016 - Dunster Director Zooms into First Place!
8 April 2016 - Important RHI Changes
6 April 2016 - 9 Signs That Your Boiler Needs Servicing
15 March 2016 - Energy Saving Tips
30 January 2016 - Dunster Apprentice Wins Prestigious Award
6 October 2015 - Dunster wins one of the first Froling CHP 50 installations in the UK
5 October 2015 - Dunster Biomass Heating outgrows existing offices