The article here about a female plumber made me think.
Apparently a female plumber is so unusual it is newsworthy. Can you imagine a newspaper publishing a story saying that a man had signed up for a plumbing course? Of course not. Everyone expects plumbers to be male. Why?
Come on ladies. Let’s hear your views. Why are there so few female plumbers that this is a news story?
I am always interested in what other bloggers write about plumbing. So I was intrigued when the ‘Mrs Great Britain Blog’ published an article on ‘being a good plumber’.
The blog says it is about ‘beauty and style’. Now, Drain Doctor undoubtedly has some good-looking plumbers but the link with beauty and style seems slight.
So does Mrs Great Britain’s knowledge of plumbing and the English language. And, indeed, her knowledge of Great Britain! I guess the blog is written in some foreign country by someone who would not know a U-bend from a torque wrench.
So don’t take too much notice of Mrs Great Britain’s advice. Just join me in wondering why this material is being published.
It is a funny old business, blogging. And plumbing too, come to think of it.
Last week record numbers of students received their A level results. As a result record numbers have applied for places at UK universities. Such is the competition for places that around 150,000 applicants are likely to be disappointed. Some of these will go on gap years, others will go into an already competitive jobs market.
Today, students up and down the country will receive their GCSE results. Some will choose not to continue education to A level and look instead to join the workforce. The problem is that they will find themselves in competition with A level students who have not found a university place.
Vocational training could be the answer for those who, for whatever reason, feel that academia is not for them. Training as a plumber or drainage engineer can help students looking for a career in plumbing or drainage to secure work with companies like Drain Doctor.
Drain Doctor technicians are trained not just with technical skills in an increasingly technical industry – including the latest techniques such as closed circuit camera drain surveys and no-dig drain repairs – but in customer care that is reflected in such things as wearing overshoes while in customers’ homes and clearing up carefully after every job.
Vocational training can give young people not just work skills but valuable business and life skills as well.
According to this (http://fashionmovie.tk/tv-dragon-calls-plumbing-a-job-for-life/) article, a leading businessman-turned-TV-star sees plumbing as a job for life.
That can have ‘downsides’ as well as benefits. Too many plumbers are probably still relying on the techniques, tools and skills they learned when they first started working. The world has moved on and there are now new ways of working. Plumbers have to keep up to date.
So, yes, it can be a job for life. But don’t think your learning stops when you get your first job. Like Drain Doctor, you need constantly to invest in the latest tools and technologies and in learning how to use them.