Leah Crozier - Gas Engineering Apprentice
Leah started her apprenticeship in September 2017, and is keen to encourage other young women to think about a career as a heating engineer...
How long have you been in the heating trade?
I have been working for 2 years with my dad, and training with Steve Willis since September.
How are you enjoying training at Steve Willis?
It’s a bit like reliving school again but better. I can see that the things that I’m learning, because they're going to help me in the long run, there’s more point to it.
What's the best thing about your job?
I like the fact that it’s challenging, it’s not boring, there’s always something different to do. I like the practical side of it – I prefer practical to theory.
And the hardest?
Bending pipe and lifting heavy things - there are things I can’t do because of my size like I couldn’t lift a boiler onto the wall on my own! But it’s not too hard for a woman, you can get help when you need to.
Have you come across any obstacles as a woman in the trade?
Not really. I don’t let it phase me. It can be a bit intimidating if you go into a merchants, but you’ve just got to stand your ground and they don’t mess with you.
What would you say to girls at school who are thinking about doing an apprenticeship, but maybe only considering more traditionally female professions?
Think outside the box a little bit. So many people just choose those things without thinking about it because it’s easier to go that way, when you could do something else. Heating engineering is a challenge every day, and a lot of responsibility, so it keeps you on your toes and that’s a good thing.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Hopefully owning Dad’s business!
And will you employ more women then?