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Inishowen women break the circuit 05.08.21

A unique Female Electrician taster programme provided by Inishowen Skillnet has just seen its first group of eleven #InishowenGirls complete the course. The innovative new programme was established to allow Inishowen women to explore if a career as an electrician would be an option for them and to equip these women with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to access new job opportunities within the sector.

The Female Electrician taster programme (QQI Level 6 in Industrial Electrical Systems) was run over a nine-week period during which participants undertook rigorous training, cumulating with industry work placements with local employers, CMD Electrical, E&I Engineering and OHMS Electrical.
Inishowen women breaking the circuit are from left to right: Emma Gallagher, Shauna Cooper, Andrea McLaughlin, Sharon Grant and Laura Grogan.
Ana McColgan, Inishowen Skillnet Network Manager, says "Due to sector demand and a conversation held with Charlie McDaid, Director of electrical firm CMD, a spark was ignited. This programme truly was the inspiration of Charlie as he was keen to see what we could do to get more electricians to meet the high demand we have across Inishowen and the wider NorthWest”.

Charlie McDaid, Director of CMD, affirms, “Trades are for everybody, and we need to get girls to test the water and see the opportunities for an amazing career”.

In delivering the programme, local businesses and services helped carry out various elements; for example, Inish Eye Care carried out the colour blindness testing and Donaghy Safety Training helped complete SafePass Certificates.

Shauna McClenaghan, Joint CEO of Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP), adds “This is a wonderful example of how IDP as a local development company can help bring about innovation and deliver real opportunities into rural areas such as Inishowen. We have built strong links with the Inishowen Business Sector. With the support from our Employment Support Team at the Job Club, we were able to help bridge the gap by promoting the programme and identify suitable candidates. I want to thank all the local employers who got on board with us and offered work placements for the keen participants; their future is certainly bright”.

The next electrician taster programme will commence in September 2021. It is open to both male and female applicants. If you are aged between 19-30, are unemployed and would like to secure a career as an electrician, please submit your CV to or .

To find out more about this programme or to view Inishowen Skillnet’s full range of programmes, please visit or call Ana on 074 93 62218.
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