4th Year Apprentice, Insulators Local #2
As a single parent, Jessica worked hard to support her family; working side jobs and trying her hand at her own business as well. It was a struggle, and the lack of quality healthcare and no true path for future growth led her to take her father’s advice and apply for the Insulators apprentice program.
“I was never the type that liked the idea of working for someone else. I liked my independence,” she said. “That’s maybe the best part about this career; while I’m part of something bigger than just me, I still feel very independent.”
Initially, she wasn’t sure what it would be like as a woman in the trades, but any preconceptions were quickly put to rest.
“From day one I have felt acceptance. I was a bit nervous and felt I’d have to do more than a guy to prove myself, but that was never, ever an issue. My only regret is that I didn’t get into this trade sooner. I have a great income, healthcare, and other benefits, and a long-term sustainable career.”