Ok probably not, I don’t do new year resolutions anymore because well I never stick to them… No Chocolate – Pointless, Lose Weight- Pointless, Do more – Pointless.
But this year I have made myself a small list of promises and goals, not big pointless resolutions but more things I need to do to get the year rolling.
I need to save it’s a big year for me and I am trying hard to be a good grown up, I am trying to move out, get married and all the other grown up stuff that I have never had to think about before.
I need to cleanse my life I desperately need to reorder it , I emmassed a lot of stuff during an unhappy time. I spent and bought things because it made me happy and as a result my life ended up as clustered as my brain.
I want to play more games, I want to play and complete more games for someone who has over 1000 I rarely take the time to sit and enjoy and play them.
I need to create, to create is to be happy and I stopped creating, I love art, drawing, painting, filming.
I have realised that health is so important the year was filled with a good few knocks upon my family health and the loss of a very close loved one, it has been tough but things like this puts life in perspective and life is too short to stop living it.
Ok I haven’t mentioned work have I, work wise I will keep pushing along hopefully with a more organised approach to what I am doing.
Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2020 is a cracker for you!
So on the 6th of October 2014 I joined the Select first Lifting Technician apprenticeship.
This was a huge step for me I had spent my previous working life working in sales, starting in mobile phones, to advertising eventually ending up in recruitment. Sales was something I started doing while I was at university and it was something I couldn’t shake off, I was pigeon holed nobody would offer me a job doing something else because I was just viewed as a sales person with no transferable skills! I tried for years to reinvent myself to no avail.
I never dreamed of being a crane operator or ever imagined I could do something like that. My apprenticeship provided me with so much support and training I felt like the luckiest person in the world, actually able to reboot her life into a better place. I learned so many skills things I never dreamed I could do, I finally made my parents proud and I was earning a decent income.
I’m going to throw back a post dedicated to each year of my 5 years these photos are from 6th October 2014 to 6th October 2015.
This year I went from college, to training in our yards to my first site at Tottenham Court Road Crossrail where I operated a lovely Liebherr LTR1060.
A short while ago I attended a fab event at Brookland’s race course with WES and was giving out small ‘Girl’s can’t what?’ stickers with a picture of a engineer, I posted on Instagram and everyone loved it.
I however felt they were missing a site feel and wondered if I could do my own version featuring a crane, I thought it would be great to promote the small amount of women who work in plant and hopefully encourage a few more to give it a try.
So I won’t pretend I knew much about Woman’s hour prior to receiving a phone call about it but did I want to appear on BBC radio with a group of legendary Women in construction…………….. Hell yeah!
When explaining to my Dad that I had been invited to the show he was really happy as when my Nana was alive she always listened to it, I guess this gave me even more of a boost to take part.
It was an bank holiday special dedicated to women in construction and I was privileged to take part with some fabulous women
Roma Agrawal MBE– Author of Built and a structural engineer who worked on the Shard.
Cristina Lanz-Azcarate – Chair, London South East NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction). Also an architect!
Hattie Hasan – Plumber and founder of Stopcocks Women Plumbers.
Sarah Fenton – Partnerships Director Midlands and North, CITB
Lynsey Davies – Plasterer from Wales who is now training to be a quantity surveyor
We were all interviewed by Tina Daheley who was fabulous and genuinely really engaged.
It was a brilliant thing to take part in and there was such a positive vibe from everyone – super inspirational! I don’t believe I have been in such a room discussing matters of women working in construction where the main vibe was just positivity , we all spoke about our journeys into the industry, what we would tell people wanting the join the industry and some genuine giggles about things we have overcome.
Recently I attended the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce Annual report – Three years of progress event.
This was my third year on the board, I joined the board as a Crossrail apprentice when I worked at Tottenham Court Road and I have been a board member since. Our main objective is to get more apprentices into transport.
The event was hosted by the brilliant Mike Brown who sits also as the chair of STAT.
I was fortunate enough to chair a panel of 4 brilliant apprentices
Who spoke about their experience of apprenticeships and what changes we can make for all, it was very thought provoking for all in the room.
We were followed by the brilliant Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE who as well as many other things is the Lord – Lieutenant if Greater London, he shared some brilliant thoughts on apprenticeships and social justice.
A great event to celebrate the panels third year of progress towards more apprenticeships in transport.