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The first, hugely successful, year of Brussels-based project Electrogirl, aiming to train women as industrial electricians, came to an end in December 2016. This initiative appeals to businesses intending to increase diversity within traditionally male occupations. The programme has already been recommissioned for 2017.

Thanks to the new Electrogirl project, run in partnership with Bruxelles Formation and the non-profit organisation Interface3, 12 trainees started their industrial electrician training in January 2016. Of the eight women who completed training, seven have been offered a contract by Veolia, a company which is responsible for the maintenance of European Commission and Parliament infrastructure.

The idea for the Electrogirl project was conceived in 2015: the non-profit organisation Interface3 sought to offer women under the age of 30 training in the field of electricity, a flourishing area in terms of jobs. Interface3 was looking for a partner to handle the technical aspect of the vocational training. An agreement was quickly put in place with Bruxelles Formation and its industrial training centre and the project was swiftly able to develop a training programme.

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