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Norwich Monday NEWS


THE PLACE OF WOMEN IN MANUAL TRADES

With the UK currently facing a skill-shortage in key sectors including construction and engineering, we can see an increase in the number of women working in traditionally male jobs...

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Monday, 22nd April 2020

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“I have been working as an electrician in Norwich (England) for 3 years now.

I work in the building industry as a self-employed and have a level 3 NVQ (National Vocational Qualification).
I usually work in every kind of places from residential to commercial, indoor or outdoor, and I also carry out maintenance work: if a customer has a problem I go round and solve it. But I don’t do industrial work at all.

WOMEN IN MANUAL TRADES

Report by Sarah Vaugan

The day you need to test your electrical circuit, you call an electrician.
But you don’t expect a woman to appear. Helen Brown, 36, tells us about her job and daily routine.

On a daily basis, I assemble, install and test electrical fixtures, security systems and wirings used in electrical systems on construction projects. These systems are used to provide people with heat, light, power, air conditioning or refrigeration. I also install many types of switches, circuit breakers, wires, lights signal devices and communication systems.

Every day, I start work at 8.00 am and I generally end at 5.30 pm from Monday to Friday. At lunch time, I often have a 30-minute break, so I usually eat home-made sandwiches. To preserve my family life I never work on Saturdays.”