Inspirational women who are Blazing a Trail
Today is not just the final day of National Apprenticeship Day – it is also International Women’s Day.
Below we share the stories of two inspirational women from Coventry College who are ‘Blazing a Trail’ in their own way.
Kelly Greevy – From ballet shoes to steel-toe capped boots
Kelly Greevy is head of construction, motor vehicle and engineering studies at Coventry College,
A former professional dancer, she has switched ballet shoes for pink steel-toe capped boots and believes she may be the only female in the country to oversee further education training for the construction industry.
Kelly Greevy moved to her current role after helping to improve results in a wide range of subjects in recent years.
Despite having no experience in the world of construction, Kelly is ensuring pupils reach their maximum potential after successful periods as Head of Faculty for Business and IT at other colleges, as well as overseeing A-levels performance.
Kelly, who graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2000, previously taught performing arts at college level but is now embracing a new challenge.
She said: “My day to day role is incredibly wide ranging, from representing the college at industry events, to putting on my pink steel-toe capped boots and helping in the workshops, to meeting parents or helping plan lessons.
“It wasn’t part of the plan to have such a huge career change, I do miss the world of dance but this is a different challenge for me.”
Kelly has tried to find another female in a similar position in the UK, to no avail, but believes her previous experience makes her a perfect fit for her current role.
She said: “I have no background in construction or engineering but I think that once you have led one faculty you can do the same job with another.
“It didn’t hit me until I started looking through LinkedIn but I am the only female Head of Faculty for Construction at this level I can find in the country.
“I think that it can sometimes shock people that I am the Head of Construction, Motor Vehicle and Engineering a little but I have always applied myself and been successful in every role and know when to leave something to the tutors.
“We have a great team of experts who provide incredible support for our students, so it is my job to ensure that everything is running as smoothly as possible so they can leave with the best results possible.”
Lauren Winter – ‘Give females wanting to learn a trade full support’
Lauren, a young female apprentice plumber from Coventry encouraged more females to try a career in the trade after winning a £1,000 prize at a prestigious national industry competition, run by Screwfix earlier this year.
24 year old Lauren is an apprentice at Coventry College studying Level 2 plumbing and heating, who picked up the highly commended award at the national Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year 2018 competition.
For Lauren, from Binley, her placing in the competition isn’t just a personal success and a great boost to her career, it is also a chance to inspire more females to unlock doors they may have felt were previously closed.
She said: “I believe that full support should be given to any female wanting to learn a trade, whether it is bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry or electrical.
“Plumbing is not just a male trade and I think that more females should be looking to try a career in the trade.
“I hope that what I have achieved prompts more female students to look at taking on a trade either through an apprenticeship or full-time at college.”