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Michaela Walsh - Finalist at Women in Housing Awards

Congratulations to Michaela Walsh, a gas engineer from Manchester Working, part of Mears Group for being shortlisted for the Best Female Apprentice at the Women in Housing Awards. The awards ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester Deansgate, on 22October.The Women in Housing Awards, in partnership with WISH (Women in Social Housing), recognises the achievements of women who have pushed personal and organisational boundaries to achieve success in the sector. The evening was hosted by Olympian Diane Modahl and guests were also treated to an inspirational talk by philanthropist and TV presenter Katie Piper.Michaela trained as a gas apprentice for three years with Manchester Working and has recently qualified as a gas engineer. She was nominated for the award for being ‘a remarkable apprentice with an excellent attitude demonstrating a strong passion for the trade.’Dave Jones, Account ManageratManchester Working, said, “I'm so proud that a member of our team has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. Over the years Michaela has been an exemplary apprentice. She's not only polite and hardworking but a real credit to her parents. I have no doubt that she'll make an excellent engineer, so much so that we've just offered her a permanent contract. Thankfully, she accepted the role.”Michaela said, “It is such an honour to be nominated for this award. It feels great to be recognised for my work and to be able to break gender stereotypes in a traditionally male-dominated role.”Jane Nelson, Executive Director, Mears Group, said, “Mears is committed to increasing the number of tradeswomen across the sector and we are pleased to have seen a rise in the recruitment of female operatives and apprentices. We will continue to support more women into the industry.“Not only is this the right thing to do but we know that the best workforce is one which reflects the communities in which we serve.”


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