Added 1 Jul 2022
Last updated 15 Nov 2022

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In 2022, IPAF President Karin Nars launched the 'Women in Powered Access' initiative, inviting women of all ages and different professional roles to share their stories of inclusivity. The initiative includes a number of key actions, including providing a platform to tell the stories of women in powered access in both the media and at industry events. IPAF will also use its own print, web and social media platforms to share these inspirational case studies, and will also continue to invite prominent women speakers to present at IPAF events. IPAF will share a series of case studies at  www.ipaf.org/casestudy to communicate the opportunities our industry offers women. 

Catherine McCreedy
Apprentice Engineer, Speedy Powered Access, UK

How did you come into this industry and what attracted you to it? 
What attracted me to this industry initially was that it sounded like a challenge – and I like a challenge!  

What do you find inspiring about your role?
There is so much opportunity out there and I feel that I can amount to anything – the opportunities within the powered access industry really are endless. 

Where do you see yourself in five years and what do you want to achieve?
I would like to achieve the best possible result in my apprenticeship, just like anybody else would. In five years my goal is to be a competent, qualified engineer, working in a job I enjoy. 

What one piece of advice would you give to other women in/thinking of entering the industry?
You can do anything if you stay focused and work hard. Mainly I would say try and enjoy it!