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Ellie follows in the footsteps of her father, grandfather and his nephews!

02 Aug 2017
West Midlands family

Ellie Booth, from north Worcestershire, is the latest in a long line of relatives to opt for a career in communications.

But the 23-year-old, who lives in Alvechurch, broke the run of male family members when she joined Openreach.

Now Ellie, who went to St Augustine’s Catholic High School in Redditch, is encouraging other local women to consider a career in engineering.

She followed in the footsteps of her late grandad Reg – who clocked up around 30 years in the business – as well as two of his nephews, several second cousins, and her dad, Gary, who is based at BT’s main telephone exchange in Station Street, Birmingham.

Ellie, who is based in Worcestershire, joined Openreach as an apprentice around five years ago. Since then she’s worked her way up the career ladder and is now managing a team of engineers across Wolverhampton and Herefordshire, who do everything from installing superfast fibre broadband to fixing phone faults.

She said: "I was attracted by the variety of work and opportunities at Openreach. I’ve been up poles and down holes, and now I’m seeing how new technology like fibre broadband is changing the way people communicate for the better.

"I would strongly recommend a career in communications to other young women, especially if you can go through the apprenticeship route. It enabled me to earn money and gain qualifications at the same time, knowing that at the end of it I would have a full-time position within the company. It is still male-dominated but that shouldn’t put people off.”

Just as Ellie’s dad inspired her career path, his interest was similarly piqued by his own father.

Gary, a fibre planning manager with Openreach, said: "I began as a postal apprentice – or cadet – 31 years ago before moving to BT. That was totally down to my dad.

"I remember him sitting me down and telling me how there’s something coming out called ‘emails’ and the ‘worldwide web’ and how it’s going to allow people to look at things all over the world from a computer, and how exciting it will be – the rest is history.”

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