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Recently, Kimberley Wheatland, a student at BCoT, won the “Young Achiever – large organisation” award at the Women in Housing awards.
(Story written by Inside Housing)
Kimberley is a big fan of carpentry. She’ll talk enthusiastically about it when you meet her and on social media: “hung this door today!” is a typical online post. And she has even shared that enthusiasm with housing minister Kit Malthouse. But just two years ago, Kimberley – or Kimmie, as she is known, was in a very different place.
In her mid-20s, Kimmie found herself struggling with depression. She was looking for a new focus. She had always loved carpentry but nobody seemed willing to give her the chance she needed – that is, until she applied for Sovereign’s adult learners programme.
Armed with pictures from her home carpentry project, she impressed everyone with her passion for carpentry and working with wood, and with how much she wanted the opportunity.
Kimmie has grown into the role, developing both her skills and confidence. She is now a fantastic ambassador for women in trade environment, sharing her story and speaking enthusiastically about women in trades to anyone who will listen. Kimmie joined Sovereign as a reserved 20-something, shy and unsure of herself: today she is an energetic spokeswoman, proud of her work and committed to promoting women in trades.
The judges said: “Kimberley’s personality and pride in her work shine through. She is a fantastic example of a woman achieving in a traditionally male occupation, who clearly rises to every challenge with huge positivity.”
You can read more about the winners of these awards at womeninhousingawards.co.uk/winners