Chesterfield teen breaking stereotypes as first girl to land engineering work experience with NHS estates team

Beth pictured with John Onions and Tony Gent.
Beth pictured with John Onions and Tony Gent.

Chesterfield teenager Beth Bexton has struck a blow for equality after becoming the first female to land engineering work experience with the Derbyshire NHS estates team.

Beth, a pupil at Brookfield Community School, received a big welcome on the Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust scheme which has been running for 15 years and has only ever had applications from boys – until now.

The 15-year-old started her week with technician John Onions to fit a shower in Tibshelf Health Centre.

Tony Gent, deputy hedad of estates for the Trust, said: “We’ve been running the work experience programme for Year 10 pupils for around 15 years and Beth is our first girl.

“We’re very pleased she’s helping us break down stereotypes of who does what. My hope for Beth is that she has a positive week, gains an awareness of what each profession involves and that it helps her in her career choice.”

Beth, who lives in Brampton, said: “I’d rather do this than something like sit in an office all day.”