As women throughout the world celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday, Auto Windscreens announced it wants to see more female technicians joining the United Kingdom automotive glass repair industry.
It is difficult to gauge exactly how many female technicians are employed across the U.K., although automotive glazing training body, GQA, estimates only a handful, company officials report.
Auto Windscreens employs two fully-trained women in such roles, but Nigel Davies, its managing director, says he’s” keen to see more among the company’s growing workforce.”
“Windscreen repairers have traditionally been men but we want to see more females join the industry and our team,” says Nigel. “We have mobile repair technician roles available, yet we rarely receive any applications from women; something we are keen to change. We know women can provide the same excellent quality service to our customers as our male employees and we are keen to promote this as a career route which they may not have previously considered.”
Michelle Brown, 25, from Guildford, is one of Auto Windscreens’ two female repair technicians and joined the company over a year ago.
“My day consists of going out to repair glass chips on people’s cars and I love it. It suits my bubbly personality and I get to meet so many people,” says Brown. “I’d like to see more females in the industry. I’ve proved that I’m equal to my male colleagues and see no reason why a woman shouldn’t choose this as a career.”
Not only is Brown passionate about what she does, she also has plans to become a replacement technician
“I want to become a glass fitter, swapping over complete windscreens as well as repairing chips,” she says.