Manchester resident Mai Pierre, pictured, has won a funding award from The Guinness Partnership housing association to help further her career and become a gas engineer.
Guinness offers Aspire Award grants to their residents to help pay for education and training courses to build their talents and careers.
The funding received from Guinness will help pay towards the course fees for a LCL Awards managed learning programme for new entrant gas engineers.
In 2016 Mai completed work experience with Guinness and found she had a passion for plumbing. She then went on to work for another company where she completed, and gained, qualifications (NVQ 3) in plumbing, which Guinness helped fund through the Aspire award.
She said: “I am thrilled to have received this award from The Guinness Partnership which will help me pay for my gas engineer training course.
“Unfortunately I was laid off last year. Becoming a qualified gas engineer should help me find a new job as I will be more versatile in the work I am able to do. I am also determined to act as an ambassador to encourage other women to break into the gas industry, and to assist in their training.”