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More women set to become Gas Engineers, survey suggests

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Jessica Rawstron

The Gas Engineer of the future is more likely to be female, according to a new poll.

More than a third (37%) of the 2,000 13-19-year-old women and girls surveyed by British Gas said they wanted a career in a traditionally male dominated field, such as science and engineering.

More than eight in 10 of these believed they were just as capable as their male counterparts at performing certain roles.

Another quarter felt they were more capable than the boys.

Almost two-thirds (64%) of the teenagers polled said they believed it was easier for women to get a role in an industry like energy, construction or engineering today, compared to when their mother was the age they are now.

Jessica Rawstron [pictured] played for Burnley FC Women’s first team before taking inspiration from her dad to become a Gas Engineer.

“My inspiration initially came from my dad, who specialised in the gas field for many years,” she said.

“With the support of my family, friends and colleagues, my confidence has grown ever since the day I first started as an apprentice.

“There are no stereotypes to conform to and we value the diversity in our team.”

Ms Rawstron added: “Young women have more opportunities than ever before – both in terms of the roles available to us, and the impact we can have on the world around us.”

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