Name: Shevonne Evans
What’s your job? Manufacturing aluminium joinery i.e. aluminium windows and doors. I’ve been doing it for over three years now.
How did you get into this line of work? I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life then an opening came up for an apprenticeship. I applied and I got it.
What qualifications or training did you need? After a three-month trial, I started my apprenticeship for BCITO. I completed the 24-month programme in 18 months.
What are the best bits of your job? It’s hands on and I learn something new every day. My training advisor from BCITO pushed me the hardest to learn and to apply for scholarships and awards [Shevonne was runner-up in the 2017 Architectural Aluminium Joinery Apprentice of the Year]. He got me to enter the local adult learner awards, which I won, and because of him I also applied and sat as one of two apprentices on the BCITO Summit Panel.
And what are the worst bits? Initially it was frustrating because I couldn’t lift as much as the others. I’m stronger now and I’ve learnt it’s about getting the right techniques to lift. Also when contractors and builders came in, they’d underestimate what I could do and what I knew. When they come in now, they say ‘can you give us a hand, Shevonne?’ I’ve earned their respect.
What’s your biggest career goal? Alongside BCITO, I want to encourage more women into trades. I want to own and operate a business within the construction industry.