Electrician Reanna gets first step on construction ladder

An aspiring electrician has been given the opportunity to get her first taste of the world of construction by completing a placement at our 'Keelman Rise'development in Downhill.

Reanna Wilson, is currently studying to become an electrician at Sunderland College and has been given the opportunity to put her training into practice on one of our newest development thanks to our principal contractor ENGIE.

The 18-year-old will be joining the site team on a long-term placement until summer 2021 where she’ll be supporting the development of 56 new-build houses and bungalows.

Her placement is part of a new ‘T-Level’ course – which has been recently launched by the government – which places students with employers like ENGIE for one or two days a week, to gain work experience whilst studying.  

Throughout her time at Keelman Rise, Reanna will be supported by both the ENGIE site team and BA Electrical Contractors which will be helping her gain valuable experience as she looks towards pursuing a full-time career in the construction industry.

She said: “I was buzzing when I got the placement with ENGIE! I was really excited to be able to work on site and get the experience. It’s absolutely crucial because if you don’t have the experience it makes it a lot harder to progress. I’m really excited to get going.

“I’m doing electrical engineering at college. It’s something I’ve liked from the start and it’s something I’m really interested in and I can really see myself progressing  a career as an electrician.”

Joanne Gordon, Head of Development at Gentoo Group, said: “As an organisation rooted in Sunderland we’re delighted to be able to support a local student like Reanna’s training and development through both hands-on working opportunities and off-site training thanks to our exciting new affordable development site.  

“It’s an absolute priority for us to give something back to local communities through our developments in the city and as a predominantly female affordable homes team here at Gentoo we’re especially excited that by supporting Reanna we can also help change the face of construction by supporting career progression of a women in the sector.”

Amy Porter, CSR Manager at ENGIE, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Reanna in her training by giving her the opportunity to get real, hands-on, experience at one of our newest developments. What she’ll learn by being part of the team, and learning from her colleagues, will be invaluable for her in the future.

“I am also pleased that we at ENGIE are helping more women get into the construction industry through opportunities like the one Reanna is pursuing. Our objective is to show that there are no barriers for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the industry.”