IMI Women in Automotive Industry

IMI Women in Automotive Industry


this is the usual site when you visit a garage but times are changing Lois Lane is an apprentice mechanic before landing the rules she sent a CV to over 30 garages she received just one reply but recently she passed a test with distinction Lois doesn’t need a Superman to fix her brakes those females are just as good as males I mean I fitted the battery the other day and the woman high-fived me at the end and should I hope you were do well and it was lovely to hear that but Lois is a rare sight there are half a million people working in the motoring industry but just 2% of them are female the Institute of motor industry is calling for more women to consider a job in motoring it says businesses need to take urgent action to bring them in since a recent survey revealed women are six times more likely to expect to be ripped off by garages then it happened to me recently where I work for an MOT I was selling my car and he said you know an observation is this you don’t need it fixed but you really should try and get it fixed and 400 pounds which when I sweat to my dad he said there’s no way there’s no way you should be paying that kind of money for that kind of thing 47% of women have a driving licence but it’s predicted they’ll soon outnumber men so women are a driving force to be reckoned with both as customers and employees busy burnford is co-founder of an online guide to the best carriages in your area no we definitely shouldn’t be put off being in the motor industry just because you don’t possess a technical knowledge of vehicles doesn’t mean you can’t bring lots to the table whether that’s marketing or customer service and then commit you need to know from a technical point of view you can learn as you go june russell runs to guerra jizz with her husband they have a clutch of awards including independent garage of the year steve is a master technician and jane a master businesswoman she understands the importance women have to play in the success of a company a lot of the women are the decision-makers they’re the ones that are spending even if you’re talking with the husband he’ll always want to check with the wife that he can go ahead and you know authorize a repair so you know why would you not go straight to the woman in the first place so this garage has been set up to be female friendly you have a kiddie section here for children and we even have papi the office dog the industry has improved 20 years ago a netbook could be desperately wanted to be a mechanic but was firmly Talton though today she travels the country encouraging girls to consider a career in the motoring industry they don’t know a lot I think it’s really educating them to not just the one job which is the technician you can do other things such as a service advisor IT HR the good one is the designer obviously the Evoque was the interior was designed by Victoria Beckham and that’s a real puller and then you get them talking and then so realistically thinking yeah that could be an option but there’s a long road ahead only 6% of Engineers a female and there is still much resistance to employing women Paul Killingsworth gave Lois her chance and 75% of his customers are female Paul believes garages should embrace their feminine side it is a female industry not just a male-dominated industry so look at a woman to think they can’t lift we’ve proved it we’ve got a wheel lift there it’s not expensive we all work as a team you either as a team or you’re on your own so you certainly can’t afford to ignore women in the motoring industry or any industry really we’re 50% of the population and we make up 50% and the decision-making in any relationship so I think they’re ignoring women ignore them at your peril and there’s no way you can ignore Louis especially with her achieving top results and their exams I would like to become master technician and get to the top and just carry on with what I’m doing really yeah because I love it


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