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Issue:- 19 September 2014

North West the most enlightened region when it comes to views on female traders

RESIDENTS in the North West are giving sexism the brush off after a survey, commissioned by vetting service, revealed they are the most enlightened in the country when it comes to hiring female traders.

A whopping 85% of people in the region agreed that women entering the manual trades is a 'good thing'. That was the top figure across the country; and a lot higher than in Northern Ireland where the figure was just 60%.

In fact, the survey into attitudes towards tradespeople unearthed some shockingly sexist results in other parts of the UK.

55% of respondents in Northern Ireland, for instance, agreed that 'Manual trades are a man's world, simple as that'. While in the North East not a single person said they would actively choose a female tradesperson!

The picture in the North West was better. Overall, nine per cent of respondents in the North West said they would deliberately choose a female trader ahead of a man and 71% had no preference (London with 13% and 64% was the benchmark).

Moreover, 11% of respondents in the region said they would actively pick a female gardener and 9% a female painter and decorator; with most believing women would deliver 'greater attention to detail'.

In fact the good news for women is that the revolution is on its way; with more and more turning to building, decorating and plumbing to earn their crust than ever before.

According to figures released by, the number of women becoming members in the first 5 months of 2014 matched the number for the whole of 2013. A whopping 80% of homeowners nationwide backed women entering the trades.

Kevin Byrne, MD of commented:- "It is fantastic to see women breaking out of the stereotype and entering the manual trades.  There are many industries where women are underrepresented, but I am glad to see manual trades being bought into the 21st century. Long may it last!"

Could you be the next green fingered apprentice?

A search is underway for 10 young people to work in Liverpool's parks and gardens. Candidates need to be aged 16 and 17 and not previously in education, employment or training (NEET). They will be recruited by Glendale Liverpool, the City Council's grounds maintenance partner. The scheme will see them take part in a 12 month pre-apprentice scheme which will give them work experience, alongside studying for a level 1 NVQ in horticulture, and participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.  They will be assigned an apprentice as a mentor to offer support, advice, encouragement and act as a 'buddy' when they need extra support. On successful completion of the pre-apprenticeship they will get the opportunity of a 5 year apprenticeship.

Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for employment and skills, said:- "This is the 3rd year that we have run this scheme and it has proved successful, with many of the young people progressing to a long term apprenticeship programme. Glendale are one of our key partners and their commitment to give young people the chance to take the first step on to the employment ladder is to be applauded It is a chance for young people who have finished school but don't want to continue their formal education to get practical on the job training and a qualification."

Glendale Liverpool have responsibility for the maintenance of the City's parks and open spaces, cemeteries and golf courses including sports grounds and play areas totalling 14 million square metres. 

Peter Cosgrove, General Manager of Glendale Liverpool, said:- "We are really proud of our apprenticeship programme which is helping bring on a new generation of staff with horticulture skills."

People who are interested need to register by 4pm on Friday 26 September by calling:- 0151 233 4699 or you can also call:- 0151 233 5346. They will then be invited to attend a presentation at the Holiday Inn at St John's Centre on Tuesday 30 September at 1:15pm.  The cost of being NEET from 16 to 18 years old is estimated to cost the public purse around £56,000.

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