Electrician Reanna gets first step on construction ladder thanks to ENGIE

24th November 2020

An aspiring electrician has been given the opportunity to get her first taste of the world of construction thanks to leading energy, services, and regeneration company ENGIE.

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 ENGIE’s newest developments.

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

The project is being constructed by ENGIE for housing association Gentoo, who will also be supporting Reanna’s development throughout the year.

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 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.”

Her placement, and the experience it brings, is a key part of ENGIE’s programme of encouraging women into construction which gives opportunities for women to learn more about the industry through talks and organised events, as well as programmes of work placements like Reanna’s.

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 to 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.”