IT may be a male-dominated line of work - but a female plumber from St Helens has won a national award.
Plumbing apprentice Cassi Pickavance was named Under 25 Apprentice of the Year at the national Women in Construction Awards 2012.
The enthusiastic 21-year-old, who only joined Helena Propertycare two years ago, beat off five other female construction specialists to collect the gong in a lavish awards ceremony at Lancashire County Cricket Club.
Cassi, who also gives up her own time to promote the Women in Construction programme at local schools, said: “I’m a very practical, hands-on person and always knew I wanted to get stuck into working rather than go to university.
“My job can be challenging and there have been times when I’ve ended up soaked to the skin under a burst drain pipe, but I can honestly say I love it.
“Being part of a male dominated team doesn’t bother me as they all look out for me – it’s like having 20 dads at work!”
Cassi is one of 40 apprentices recruited by housing association Helena Partnerships since 2008, with nine new female apprentices joining the organisation this month alone.
Haydn Hansford, Helena Propertycare’s managing director, said: “Cassi is a key member of our team and we’re so proud of her.”