I’m Nadine, 16 years old, from Portavogie in County Down. I’ve just completed an Level 1 accredited units in Carpentry at WOMEN’STEC. I was so keen to attend that I travelled all the way up to North Belfast every week. I loved the course and the #notjustforboys programme at WOMEN’STEC, which is a really brilliant stepping stone for young women like me who are interested in trades skills but want to get some experience before committing to a full-time course. I also loved that all my classmates were girls my own age and the tutor was a woman who had so much experience – she was really inspiring.

I’m so glad I decided to join the programme, it has opened up doors for me that I wouldn’t have even thought about before. Although I completed my English and Maths GCSEs at school, I left after 5th year as it isn’t the way I like to learn, I find it much easier to learn by doing things and experiencing them hands on! I’m really excited to be starting a Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery at SERC, with an apprenticeship with Marlfield Joinery and Construction LTD in Portaferry. I’m looking forward to being onsite 2 or 3 days a week, and I know that I’ll pick up so much from being out on real jobs and construction sites.