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Sexism hits skill base

LETTERS

Sir, I read with trepidation of the dilemma Sophie Browning is in ('Sexism hinders chippies', News, May 19).Why can't potential employees see that we females have a valuable contribution to offer the construction industry?

I have been in the industry for many years and in the 1970s and 80s it was extremely sexist, but I honestly thought it was becoming easier in a so-called 'man's world'.

I am a marketing manager and have met many very nice people both male and female in this industry. I have worked extremely hard and have respect from my fellow workers and my contribution to construction has never been questioned.

But it is quite apparent from the mere fact that all Sophie's male colleagues have found placements that there is something amiss.

We have a serious shortage of skills in construction and we should be encouraging young men and women to join us.

Let's not deter these females, whatever they want to do.

Jackie Blake Marketing Manager Borras Construction St Albans, Hertfordshire