Rachel Hoggett is setting the foundations for her future in place after becoming the first ever female plant operator to be taken on by The Owen Pugh Group.
The construction company appointed the 21-year-old after she completed the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS), training which involved learning to operate a tractor and bowser and a 24 tonne articulated rear tipping dumper truck.
Miss Hoggett’s appointment makes her the first ever female plant operator employed by Owen Pugh Aggregates at its Marsden Quarry site in its 100 year history.
Rachel, from Herrington in Sunderland, is now a fully-fledged plant operator in a role that involves moving quarried limestone aggregates and secondary aggregates from the quarry’s crushers and screeners into separate stock piles.
Rachel’s career with Owen Pugh Aggregates began in May 2011 having identified the company as somewhere she would like to work from an early age. Following a year-long business and administration apprenticeship, she was offered a permanent role at the site’s weighbridge.
She said: “I’m honoured to be the first female plant operator.
“I always enjoy having something different to do each day, new challenges and finding ways to overcome them. The fact that there are more males in the workplace isn’t an issue at all and I think more females should consider a career in the sector.”
The Owen Pugh Group employs 400 people across its seven divisions located at five sites across the region including its head office in Dudley.
Andy Mountford, general manager at Owen Pugh’s Marsden Quarry site, said: “I’m delighted to see Rachel become the first female plant operator, marking her place in history with the company.”