Catherine is a Real Torchbearer

Hello and welcome to Blackpool Skip Hire blog page.
This blog is all about our welder Catherine and her incredible story of inspiring young people to follow their dreams and inspire young females in a male dominated profession. Catherine is featured in the May edition of Lancashire life magazine, where she discusses her journey to becoming a female welder at a special event that is designed to inspire young females. Here is some of the interview that Catherine gave to Rachel Ryan. 

Catherine without her welding gear, ready to meet youngsters at the Fylde event

I quit my office job. It was the biggest gamble of  my life, but now i have a dream job as an industrial welder and hearing my son proudly tell people what i do makes it all worthwhile.

Catherine Clarke is one of a tiny number of women who work as industrial welders and , as you can imagine, she is used to raised eyebrows and the occassional stunned silence when 33 year old reveals her job. Now she is using her experience to inspire other women to follow their dream and break down the myth that industries, such as fabrication and engineering are just for men.

Catherine who works for Blackpool Skip Hire, was just one of 100 high profile women from sport, science, arts and buisness across the Fylde coast to play their part in inspiring local young women to “smash glass ceilings” at the first ever International Womens’s day Festival in Blackpool organised and hosted by The Washington Group.

I was helping a friend build a shed, he passed me the torch and asked me to weld a part. I said i had never done it before and, jokingly, he said “well you better learn”. So i had a go and found myself really enjoying it. Within weeks i completed a four week intensive introductory welding course at Myerscough College ans i loved it. Later i managed to persuade Recycling lives in Preston to donate some bits of steel to practice on. 

Catherine unmasked as one of Britain's few female welders

Catherine who races bangers in her spare time, was just one of the role models at the Women’s International Day Festival at Blackpool sixth form alongside Fylde’s Pentathlon GB medalist Dr Nic Robinson, Kate Shane of Merlin entertainment, Tracey Manning of Fylde council, Andrea Kaye of Wyre council and Sharon Senior, Director of North Employers.
This part of the global International Women’s Day was launched with a crowd of more than 400 young women from schools across the Fylde coast.

Events like these are important to let young women know they can be what they want to be, give them a voice and let them know that they will be listened to. 

Working at Blackpool Skip Hire welding skips

Thank you for reading our blog about our welder Catherine Clarke, all of us here at Blackpool Skip Hire are enormously proud to have her as part of our team. 

To hire a skip or access any of our wastemanagement services please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01253 89 20 20. 

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