Businesswoman Julie McGowan from Kilmacolm decided that she wanted to learn a trade and start up her own business and took the plunge to become a gas engineer. 

Gas engineer Julie McGowan

Julie said “I wanted a new challenge. I have been working in administration since leaving school. Some of the positions I have worked in are a CEO personal assistant, legal assistant and property manager, working for companies such as Rangers & Celtic football clubs and Digby Brown Solicitors.

Julie signed up for Skills Training Group’s Gas Managed Learning Programme and completed, her final assessments in 2019. She has always loved DIY and carries out all of her restoration work in her home along with her husband David who is a time served Joiner.

“I knew there was a market in Inverclyde for female gas engineers and I absolutely love my job. After qualifying, I worked for a Glasgow based company and the response that I got from customers was very positive and encouraged me to start my own business. I am customer focused and I knew to deliver what I wanted I would have to have my own business. I am Gas Safe Registered and I carry out domestic gas servicing/repairs, installations and landlords gas safety certificates and my business is starting to flourish. I feel that young girls should be encouraged more in school to learn a trade. Once my business grows I hope to take on a girl as an apprentice.

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