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 08 November 2017 03:38 PM
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APRiley

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Hi all.

Been a member for about a year now so I thought it was time to venture into the forums.

I began my electrical (maintenance) career back in the late 70's with 17 years on the tools. moving into teaching/training in the mid 90's. Held positions at varying levels within electrical organisations rising to Director of Training before easing off a little.

Currently assessing installation apprentices for a local college.

keep safe now peeps
Alison
 08 November 2017 04:56 PM
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mapj1

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Welcome, if you have been lurking you will realise its a bit anarchic on here at times, don't be put off by that, just chip in as you see fit or start new thread if you have some topic for discussion

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 08 November 2017 09:38 PM
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leckie

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Ah ha, I looked at doing that job Alison (the assessing) basically because I decided that I couldn't do the hard graft anymore - that was a mental step, admitting you cannot physically do the job anymore! However I changed my mind and am doing other stuff. Anyway, welcome.
 09 November 2017 04:15 PM
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kellyselectric

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Hi Alison welcome to our forum its nice to have another girl here! Regards Kelly
 09 November 2017 04:26 PM
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dustydazzler

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Welcome.
It's a shame there aren't more female electricians.
I have only ever met one in 25 years of being in and around the bizz
 09 November 2017 10:47 PM
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aligarjon

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I don't think i have met any. The nearest i got was a lady alarm fitter. I vaguely remember a plumber also.


Gary

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 10 November 2017 07:57 AM
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dustydazzler

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I wonder what is putting off women taking up the trades. I guess the physical nature of the job as a plumber electrician carpenter is slightly off putting and the fact something like 95% of sites are male dominated probably doesn't help either.
But I genuinely feel it's a shame that we don't have more of an even split on site.
Just one of the trades oddities I guess
 10 November 2017 11:00 PM
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MHRestorations

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it could be the sexist attitude that prevails on many sites (I know, beating a dead horse etc). But it still depresses me to hear men talk on sites in a way that bernard manning would find offensive.

But on a more cheerful note, welcome on the occasion of your de-lurk
 12 November 2017 11:45 AM
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Zs

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From Personal Experience, I think you guys do yourselves a dis -service. I have only ever encountered a caring attitude on site. A far cry from what goes on in offices.

On a site, we need to get the job done. If there is any 'ism' Then I think it is capabilityism, which , IMHO has a fine part to play. We recognise each others' limitations.

Zs
 12 November 2017 02:41 PM
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mikejumper

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Originally posted by: dustydazzler
I wonder what is putting off women taking up the trades.

It may just be that technical occupations that are less physically arduous and better paid are more appealing, such as architecture, civil engineering and the many branches of chemistry.

I wonder also whether from an early age there is an element of gender stereotyping on the part of parents and schools, unintentional or otherwise, that tends to steer boys more towards technical occupations than girls.

It's not that long ago that girls were not offered the opportunity to do woodwork or metalwork in schools, domestic science (learning to cook) was all that was offered. No wonder the engineering environment is male dominated.
 12 November 2017 03:01 PM
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geoffsd

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You all do realise that, purely on a numerical basis, if women did 50% of traditionally male jobs, then 50% of traditionally female jobs would have to be done by men.

How many of you would want to do those jobs and - would you be allowed to?

Idealism is a great idea.
 12 November 2017 03:49 PM
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mapj1

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well there are plenty of chaps out there who would benefit from learning to cook and keep a house, but indeed, I don't hear the shouts of protest from those who wish to be primary school teachers or similar mostly female professional.
Don't get me wrong, equality of opportunity is correct and to be lauded.
But we must realise that there may may not be an equality of desire to do, and at the risk of prodding the ants nest, in some key areas an equality of ability - I really don't think testosterone is very compatible to small child minding for example, (though it may be better when they reach an age that needs shouting at.. I help lead scouts and seem to spend a lot of time shouting, at both sexes...)
And there is a very good reason that most of the prison population is male, and it is not police bias.

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 12 November 2017 06:12 PM
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ebee

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At 60 I learned how to iron a shirt.

Progress

Welcome Alison

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 12 November 2017 07:04 PM
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Fm

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Stem is pushed a lot more in school, I have 2 in primary school so see this first hand, couldn't care what sex you are, as long as you can do the job you are employed to do
 12 November 2017 07:16 PM
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Nospark

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"But we must realise that there may may not be an equality of desire to do"

Due to gender bias during childhood I think.
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