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

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.

Tuesday, 24th July 2018, 12:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th July 2018, 12:57 pm
Beth pictured with John Onions and Tony Gent.
Beth pictured with John Onions and Tony Gent.

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.

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“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.”