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Female operatives join Vivark

It’s ‘girl power’ at Knowsley-based facilities management company and social enterprise Vivark, as the company welcomes two new female operatives to its rapidly growing team.
Kelly Dixon, 26, and Amy Roberts, 17, join the team as a painter and decorator and apprentice plumber respectively. Vivark, part of the First Ark Group, already has a reputation for employing women in what can traditionally be a male-dominated industry, including women in management positions.
These new appointments also help the company achieve its aim of supporting the community within which it operates, by providing employment to those living in the surrounding area.
Kirby resident Kelly secured a position within the team by sending a proactive, speculative email application to the company, after seeing its operatives at work. Prior to working for Vivark, Halewood local Amy had undertaken a one year college diploma in plumbing.
Kelly said: “Following redundancy three years ago, I struggled to find suitable employment, so finding full-time work with a reputable and successful company like Vivark has made me unbelievably happy. The fun and approachable but professional team, has made me very welcome and I see myself at Vivark for many years to come.”
Amy has an option to extend her contract for two years in April, providing her with the opportunity to achieve a level two NVQ in plumbing. Speaking about her appointment, Amy said: “I’m really enjoying my time at Vivark and have had a great time learning my craft, as well as learning other skills as I work. Vivark has encouraged me to develop as many skills as I can in order to progress my career as far as possible. I hope to undertake my NVQ with the company and am looking forward to a great future with the team.”
The 17 year old advises anyone interested in a career in facilities management to consider an apprenticeship. She said: “The learning you can do while undertaking practical work experience is invaluable compared to that of a traditional classroom environment. I’d advise anyone considering a career in facilities management to give it a go, especially girls. Being a girl in a traditionally male-dominated sector has really helped me stand out and achieve more.”

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