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Girly pictures deter women

GIRLY pictures and calendars plastered on site walls and offices should be thrown in the bin because they are putting women off joining the industry.

The latest broadside in the battle to clean up construction was made by Kathryn Hopkins-Morgan from SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council which covers the m&e sector.

She told the Institute of Plumbing's women's group: 'I have visited some organisations that have been too embarrassed to show me training rooms because of 'glamour' pictures on the wall.

'This type of attitude could be a barrier to women considering a career in the industry. It can be very intimidating.'

The secretary of the women's plumbing group Carol Cannavan said she had recently been to a powerpoint presentation at a company which, when completed, went back to the screensaver of a topless woman.