Lois is a qualified Light Vehicle Technician in Lincoln

Lois is a qualified Light Vehicle Technician in Lincoln

Not only is Lois Lane a memorable name for Superman lovers but this Lois Lane is collecting accolades within the UK motor industry, working at award-winning garage PK Automotive in Lincoln.

FOXY first met Lois when our Director, Steph Savill, was carrying out a research project for an apprentice training project about female apprentices. At the time Lois was the youngest in the sample but Steph remembers her because of her confidence and focus beyond her years.

Lois was also lucky to meet Paul Killingsworth to advance her career. He runs PK Automotive and is an inspiring employer at this FOXY Lady Approved garage, famous for its quality standards in Lincoln.

After three years, we wanted to find out how Lois had advanced her career.

Tell us about you and your early career days in the motor industry

I left school at 16 and during the last year I decided that an apprenticeship sounded right for me. I applied for some but wasn’t lucky so I started regardless, at Lincoln College in September 2013, studying for my Level One full time automotive engineering qualification. By December that year I had secured an apprenticeship with PK Automotive.

Since then I’ve studied for and passed my Levels 2 and 3, qualifying with my Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance in September 2016 at the age of 19.

How has your motor industry job changed as you gained more experience and qualifications?

My employer has developed and recognised my knowledge and skills from Day One. I have learned the theory at college and been trained to apply this within the business. I now work on a wide range of challenging jobs and I’m doing more with diagnostic software and electrics.

“I have always enjoyed solving the customer’s car problems using the latest diagnostic equipment and I fully appreciate the complexity of today’s onboard technology as well as the increasing importance of electric cars and systems.”

How should a young female go about finding a good job in the motor industry?

You need to look at local websites to see what they do, if you’d like to work for them and the ideal job you’d like, working for them. You can tell a lot about a company from their website.

Then I’d write a letter to the business owner and hand out a lot of CV’s. I also called several on the phone and wasn’t put off when the answer was no.

I’d remind any interested females that this isn’t just an industry for men. I’m a female, I love it and I’ve always been treated well.

Women don’t need to worry about having to lift heavy things like engines, because there’s equipment to make this easy. And they don’t need to worry about getting dirty hands either – there’s cream to protect them and gloves to stop all that.

As you can tell, I love the motor industry, the place and the people I work with. I’m really glad I persevered getting an apprenticeship and for other girls that love learning and enjoy new challenges, this can be their ideal job as well.

Thank you Lois. It’s good to see how your career, learning and passion for automotive technology have all advanced hand in hand.

From the copy of your Level Three Diploma course work and candidate results there is a lot of hard work involved which might deter some. You clearly deserve recognition for this achievement in such a short space of time, making you an excellent role model for others with similar ambitions and a hard work ethic. Regardless of gender.

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