A HORNINGLOW woman has taken the leap of starting her own business in a trade dominated by the opposite sex.
After graduating from Loughbourough University with a degree in Geography two years ago, Laura Sayer-Hall, like many of her peers, was unsure what she wanted to do next for a career.
After spending the next few months completely refurbishing her new house, the 26-year-old inadvertently found the answer to her quandary.
“Among many other things, I spent a lot of time plastering it throughout,” she told the Mail.
“It was during that process that I discovered my passion.
“I researched the trade thoroughly to see whether it would really make a viable business idea and decided that I needed to gain some qualifications to back up my experience.”
Miss Sayer-Hall, of Foston Avenue, opted to study for a level 2 diploma at the Chameleon School of Construction in Swadlincote.
Plastering is still a male-dominated profession and Miss Sayer-Hall admitted it was initially a challenge for her.
She said: “At first it was very daunting being the only female on my course.
“However, once my confidence and skills improved, so did my expertise in the fine art of workplace banter!
“When I completed my course I chose to work alongside current trading plasterers to enable me to further develop my self-belief and knowledge on real-life jobs.”
Miss Sayer-Hall has used that knowledge gained to set up her own business – Laura’s Plastering Services – and believes she may be the only female plaster in the county.
“I hope to inspire other women that they too can join a trade if that is what they enjoy.
“They should not be put off by the male-dominated environment as the majority of guys are really supportive and are willing to offer advice.”
Further information is available at www.laurasplasteringservices.co.uk