BBC Bitesize

What do a crane operator , a power lifter and a grime violinist have in common???

Ok not much but we are all featured in a BBC Bitesize piece for International women day.

BBC Bitesize is a learning resource for school children in England.

Please click and have a read –

National Apprenticeship week!!!

I love National Apprenticeship Week, its great seeing what work everyone is doing around apprenticeships in the industry.

I put a video together to give my thoughts about apprenticeships and a look into my experiences.

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Year One

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.

My first on site crane!
Always kept it neat and tidy
On site at Tottenham Court Road
First PPE

Stickers! (I did a thing)

So where did these come from??

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 far they have gone down a storm young girls love them and I have recently had a mention on Crane & Hoist Canada about them. https://www.craneandhoistcanada.com/girls-cant-what-london-crane-operator-launches-industry-stickers/

I am looking to get some cheaper multi print page ones done soon that I can take to schools.

If anyone really is interested in grabbing a sticker from me please drop me a message katie@katiecranes.com

Building the Liebherr LR1280 Conrad crane model

Amazingly complex model with amazingly simple instructions, for a fool like me who has never made a model it was slightly challenging.

I gave it a good go but the ropes were so fiddly this is now a two part video so I present you, part one!

Filming lifting technician apprentices at Battersea, London.

So on Friday we filmed some of our Select Plant Hire Lifting Technician Apprentices on a very windy platform at the Northern Line Extension.

It’s was great to hear of some of our past apprentices experiences of the scheme and a great insight into them personally.

I was one of the first lifting technicians to join via the apprenticeship in October 2014 and it completely changed my life, from recruitment consultant to crane operator.

Since then we have put over 100 apprentices through this amazing apprenticeship, our lifting techs have worked on some of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK!

Impressive! I’m hoping this video will be a great tool to tell others about our apprenticeship.

Princess for a day!

So amazingly due to work I do in and around construction I managed to get nominated to attend the Queens Tea Party and somehow off the back of this nomination I made the final stages and received an invite!

Things like being invited to royal palaces are not usual for someone like me and I was very honored and excited about the whole thing, I must have spent the next two weeks googling what actually happens at an event like this and what is a ‘Tea Dress’ and a ‘Lounge suit’ which might seem blazingly obvious but when one is invited to the Queens house, one must dress appropriately.

As a bonus you are allowed to take a guest to the palace with you and I decided to take my Dad along as the whole thing would mean the most to him, my boyfriend didn’t even mind being sidelined for it.

The whole dress thing was bothering me as I felt I really had to dress like a proper lady for the day, which of course meant about 6 hours spent at Bluewater trying to find a dress, a fascinator, shoes, (My Eliza Doolittle moment) I am usually bumming around in a work T-shirt and leggings so stuff like this takes great effort!

A couple of months after receiving the invitation the day was finally here me and Dad dressed up smart, made our way into London and too Buckingham palace where we took a couple of photos outside and queued with lots of equally smart people to get inside.

Once through the huge but fast moving queue you move through the main gates through the front into a beautiful courtyard, through the other side of the courtyard up some stairs and through the building. The word beautiful isn’t descriptive enough, I would love to show some photos but unfortunately none are allowed to be taken inside.

Once you walk through the inside you are quickly ushered outside to where the tea party is and you are greeted with the greenest grass have ever seen! On the grass there are two bands at either end, when one stops playing it raises a flag and the other one starts.

There is a huge tent filled with all sorts of goodies, cakes, sandwiches, iced coffee, tea, coffee, juice, water an amazing spread and you can fill up with as much as your greedy chops will hold! I managed almost one of each thing to try and I was busting.

During the tea party you are allowed to roam the gardens freely and enjoy them, however at one point early on people start crowding and making a walk way, if you get invited to a tea party please move in early or else you wont see anything. Eventually through the huge walk way of people the royals make their way, the Queen unfortunately didn’t make the party but Prince Charles and Camilla did, they take their time speaking to the specially invited people who are dotted in the middle of the general public walkway and they do talk to a few people on the outskirts too.

They seemed to have good time for everyone and the walk really took a long time, once they reach they end they head into a diplomatic tent never to be seen again.

You can continue mooching around the gardens eating food and drinking or just accepting the bountiful free ice cream that seems to be wondering around until the event ends, I think you have around 3 hours to enjoy there.

All in all a brilliant once in a lifetime experience to share with my Dad, a great honor to be invited to share an amazing day with some many amazing people! What a way to be recognised!

LOR Stories Feature

At work we have a new website LOR Stories that I have just been featured on, the feature was taken back in September.

Editorial –
https://lorstories.global/articles/how-women-in-construction-can-make-their-mark

Pod Cast –
https://lorstories.global/podcasts/podcast-with-katie-kelleher

Terex Demag CC2800-2 at Bauma

I also had a look around and a sit in the huge Terex Demag CC2800-2 Crawler crane at Bauma.