We recently read the news from WhoCanFixMyCar.com which found a 125% increase in the number of women working as mechanics since 2011. The site, which connects garages and motorists, asked its network if they employed any women as mechanics, and if so how many. Almost a tenth of the garages and repair centres answered that they employ a female mechanic, compared to just under 4% in 2011.
With this month seeing International Women’s Day celebrated, the results come at a good time and also mark the launch of WhoCanFixMyCar.com’s awareness scheme for young girls and women. The scheme aims to find opportunities for women interested in working the industry. Check out www.whocanfixmycar.com/female-mechanic-signup for more.
Supporting women in the industry
Here at Draper Tools we were pleased to hear that the number of female mechanics is on the rise. It’s certainly something we’re keen to encourage – take a look at how we recently helped support the first female apprentice mechanic at The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. New apprentice Emily Leese is currently putting her tools to good use helping to maintain and restore the museum’s collection of more than 250 historic vehicles. It’s a great story and classic car enthusiast Emily is a real inspiration.
According to the WhoCanFixMyCar.com research, 93% of the garages surveyed indicated a positive impact from their female mechanic team. So, while there’s a way to go, it’s great to see so much positivity surrounding women in the industry. We wholeheartedly agree with the comments from Alistair Preston, Co-Founder of WhoCanFixMyCar.com who said: “A recent statistic showed that there are now more female drivers on the road than male in the UK, so I’m not surprised to see that the number of female mechanics is also growing – it’s something we’re delighted to see and it should be actively encouraged.”
He also added that he was confident the number of female mechanics continue would rise – we sincerely hope so. It’s a great career and can be really rewarding. Well done to WhoCanFixMyCar.com for highlighting the increase and their work to actively encourage and provide opportunities for women in the industry.
Tell us your story
We’d love to hear from more women about their experiences and successes working in automotive, construction or other traditionally male-dominated trades. Get in touch with us via social media to share your story.