The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias. To celebrate, HETAS showcases some of the women within an industry that is traditionally seen as male-dominated:
As an employer, HETAS is proud to support women, and feel that the only way to make progress is to continue highlighting all voices in the industry.
Both registrants and team members were asked what #BreakTheBias means to them.
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Jenna – Specflue
As a mum of a 14 year old daughter, #BreakTheBias means a lot to me for her future.
I want my daughter to grow up in a world where she doesn’t have to hear anyone say she isn’t capable because of her gender, age or emotions.
We are all as capable as one another.
Jayne – Windhager
We need to empower women to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.
As a woman working in a male dominated industry and workplace, breaking the bias to me simply means coming to work every day. I challenge the gender stereotypes a little everyday through my knowledge, personal skills and determination to succeed. I celebrate women’s achievements and am proud to be a positive role model for women in or looking to break into this industry.
HETAS Approved Sweeps Emma – Sparkling Flues
On International Women’s Day, I think it is important to recognise the great achievements of woman in the construction industry.
I entered the industry around eight years ago, and found it daunting at the time because it was a male dominated sector. I have now grown a successful chimney sweeping business covering Manchester.
My daughter is also a registered chimney sweep having completed her training last year. She became the youngest ever member of the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps.
I think it’s great to see the continued success of women in this industry. With a good attitude, a coffee in hand, and a hard hat you can do anything!
Bethan – Calon Lân Ltd
To me, #BreakTheBias means leaving the Corporate world, and its varying forms of bias behind and truly believing in myself, my own self-worth, health and happiness.
Working within the Solid Fuel industry as a trained Professional Chimney Sweep for just over 3.5 years has undoubtedly been life changing and has most definitely been the best decision of my professional career to date.
In the words of Audrey Hepburn ‘Nothing is impossible the word itself says I’m Possible’. #BreakTheBias ladies and wholeheartedly believe in yourself.
Katie – Katie Sweep
What ‘#BreakTheBias’ means to me…
After almost 15 years of being a professional chimney sweep, I am still a little surprised that people are amazed that the Katie Sweep Team are ’Women Sweeps!’ Women have actually been sweeping chimneys since the 1700’s, you might think people would have become used to the idea by now!
In the past, chimney sweeping has been quite a male dominated industry, so we as a business do aim to promote and support women within the profession and, over the years, we’ve been pleased to see so many more women breaking the bias by becoming trained, skilled, professional chimney sweeps and successfully running their own businesses across the UK
Francesca, Katherine & Frida – Registrations Team
We believe it is important to #BreakTheBias.This could be by breaking stereotypes with children and not putting limits on them due to their gender, or challenging the difference in how women are spoken to and questioned, and the roles they ‘should have’ in society.
We wish to live in a world that is inclusive and free of bias. A world where everyone, regardless of gender, can be celebrated.
It can be difficult sometimes but as long as we continue to #BreakThebias, we will get there.
Megan, Julia, Lizzie, Nicole & Roxy – Sales & Consumer Team
We are all as good as one another. Your age, gender, ethnic origin or sexual orientation should have no impact on your abilities. It’s time that we #BreakTheBias and eradicate preconceived ideas, let’s be the change in the world we want to see!
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