A dental nurse at Derriford Hospital has been inspired to pursue a radical change in career and is swapping one type of drill for another.
Faye Best-Trent, who lives in Landrake, has worked in dentistry for the last 10 years, but decided to explore another career by studying Level 2 Carpentry at Cornwall College Saltash.
“Changing career has been at the back of my mind for a bit but I felt like I couldn’t take that chance, then I decided just to go for it,” Faye said.
“I’m really enjoying exploring this side of my personality. You don’t know if you can do something or not until you try it.
“There are more and more females becoming plumbers or scaffolders etc. in recent years, I really think there is more demand for it in the industry now than there has ever been.”
Faye is joined by two other female students on this year’s carpentry course at Cornwall College Saltash.
Rebecca Doyle, who lives in Downderry, agreed with Faye and said she has found “workers attitudes in the industry are changing towards women, everyone has been really accepting”.
“If you know how to do something properly there isn’t a gender issue,” Rebecca continued.
Curriculum Lead for Technology at Cornwall College Saltash, Jamie Rowley, said there are “more and more females undertaking courses to forge a career within the construction industry.”
“It is becoming a career of choice across all trades and at all levels, from trade qualifications through to HE degrees in Construction Management,” he continued.
“Here at Cornwall College Saltash we are lucky to have experienced skilled lecturers and up to date workshops delivering plumbing, brickwork and carpentry courses. We are always happy to give advice on courses available to students to help start building their futures.”
There is a Courses and Careers Advice Event on Saturday 17th March 10am until Midday for students who may be interested in construction courses to come along and meet the teams and explore the facilities.