Mia Direct have recruited their first female engineer. Jessica Kelly, 21, from Cumbria, has come onboard to join Mia Direct’s Test Rod & Roping team. 

Jessica previously worked in a factory in Cumbria, before making a career change to join the telecommunications industry. Jessica has been at Mia Direct for a few weeks now, doing training in our in-house training centre, Mia Training. She has been training with a group of other trainee recruits, learning with trainer, Alan Deakin. 

Alan had this to say about Jessica’s progress so far: “I’m really proud of the progress Jess has made in her first initial weeks. I’m happy with the skills and technique that she has learnt and displaying. I think the skill she has already shown will serve her well at Mia Direct and in the telecommunications industry.” 

Currently, Jessica and her fellow trainees are working in Redditch. They have learnt the proper technique of opening a pit, how to set up a site correctly and how to rod & rope a duct successfully. 

Jessica had this to say about her telecommunications experience so far: “My training at Mia Direct has gone brilliantly so far. Alan is absolutely amazing with my training, especially since it is quite a change in work environment for me. Working away from home is very different too, but it is an exciting change and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.” 

We wish Jessica the best of luck in her telecommunications career. We are sure if her first few weeks are anything to go by, she will have a long and successful career with Mia Direct and in telecommunications!

As Mia Direct hires their first female engineer, Openreach is also having a recruitment drive to get more engineers in the Midlands. They have seen an increase in the amount of females joining in the East Midlands area, after Openreach adapted its recruitment practices to make them more appealing to a wider variety of people.