Congratulations to Gibtelecom for reintroducing an apprenticeship scheme.
I am all in favour of young people getting skills and qualifications through an apprenticeship programme.
Apparently the last telecommunications apprenticeships were in 1981 – 25 years ago, when three apprentices were taken on. This year Gibtelecom has taken on eight.
But wait. A careful look at the picture shows eight men. Not a single woman. Why am I not surprised?
Disappointed yes, but not surprised.
This is not a criticism of Gibtelecom. I have no idea of whether any women applied.
And that is the problem. Women are still expected to go for gender traditional jobs – and being a telecommunications engineer isn’t one of them.