…not many women fancy it?
I’m talking about the segment I just saw on BBC Breakfast regarding Network Rail’s insistence that “not enough women apply for jobs with them.” Apparently only 2% of applicants for their apprenticeship scheme for trackside engineers have been women and they are determined to get this figure up and shake off their “old-fashioned” image.
Why? I’m sure there can’t be that many women sitting at home -no doubt sowing and putting doilies everywhere- thinking “Oh gosh. I would simply love to be a railway engineer, but I just know those old fuddy-duddies at Network Rail would have a blue fit if a lady applied!”
Doesn’t it seem far more likely that it’s a job that just doesn’t appeal to many women? And why does it matter away? So long as Network Rail get capable employees to do the work, surely it doesn’t matter what they keep between their legs. It wasn’t mentioned in the segment, but I think I can smell a quota here…