Nikki Hobbs – Electrician
“I have worked for Purdy for just over 10 years now from starting my apprenticeship to becoming a fully qualified Electrician.
There have been many positive and negative times throughout the past 10 years. Some tenants are shocked when we arrive at the door thinking we are there to do a survey or book an appointment. When you explain you are here to do the work they’re pleasantly surprised, and shocked at the same time.
You find a lot of male tenants do not believe you can do the job and will watch over you while you work, whereas some women love it and can’t stop praising you.
I can’t say I have seen any other women Electricians at the Wholesalers I go to, apart from myself and Beth Harris (Purdy Electrician). I have never had a bad experience and have always had a nice welcome from staff, but you always get the odd stare from other Electricians in the wholesalers, sort of a shocked look of disbelief!
One major issue that has been prominent over the years is being able to use the bathroom and having to search where you can stop, especially on long drives.
I have had many highs and lows personally throughout my time here from interactions with tenants and other factors but have always had support from my Supervisors and Managers.”