Reviewing The “Female Carpenter Breaking Down Walls”-A Nedburn Thaffe Article

Photo Credit: Nedburn Thaffe’s photo of Claudia Chambers

hello everyone!

I read the article entitled, “Female Carpenter Breaking Down Walls” that was written by Nedburn Thaffe. The article showcased a Jamaican female certified welder and carpenter by the name of Claudia Chambers. Ms. Chambers loves building things and holds pride after reviewing the finished product. Ms. Chambers initially strived to become a math teacher. No sooner than first witnessing a person welding while at work, she opted to seek the same training. Ms. Chambers enrolled in HEART Trust/NTA’s National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) Lluidas Vale campus shortly after realizing her new career path. By 2013, Ms. Chambers received her diploma in welding and fabrication. However, it appeared that she had difficulty in gaining employment. She opted to continuing her training in carpentry via a program on campus that is called, Wall and Ceiling Lining. By 2014, Ms. Chambers received her carpentry credentials and was able to obtain employment at a major hotel. Not only did she gain carpentry employment at the hotel, she became a demonstrator at the NCTVET Lluidas Vale campus. I did a review of where Lluidas Vale is on the island of Jamaica. It appears to be a city in the middle of the island. Lluidas Vale, also known as Worthy Park, is a settlement in Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica. As a demonstrator, when the carpenter instructor takes a day off, Ms. Chambers fills in as the instructor. She also appears to help the instructor maintain order in the vocational classroom.

Ms. Chambers is a Top Hill resident on the island. Upon review of the map, her town is located on the southwest portion of Jamaica. I have never been to Jamaica yet. I imagine the weather is always tropical. I am not a fan of working in the heat with my tools. I would not be happy working in a tropical climate. I will take cold weather any day of the week instead. I admire her career choice in a cultural climate where the men appear, on the surface to me, as very macho in nature. I am willing to be wrong about the situation if the men are laid back and have no issue with a talented woman. If anyone who reads this is from Jamaica and knows the culture, please let me know. In the article, Ms. Chambers speaks about how people are surprised with her career path in a male-dominated industry. I think I am correct on my assessment that carpentry is just as hard to break in for women in the U.S. as it is in Jamaica and other parts of the globe. Perhaps there would be more women in the trades if they didn’t receive such harsh treatment from their peers. The working conditions are hard enough on their own. When you add the bullshit pressure layer to the mix, it makes entry and consistency not so appealing. I wanted to share Ms. Chamber’s story as a part of Women’s History Month. I didn’t find her in time to get into the slideshow. Despite her being relatively new to construction, I believe that she faces challenges trying to teach men in her culture with giant egos. I perceive Jamaican men egos to be higher than egos of American men. I could be wrong- let’s discuss.

As always, I thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and website.  You have many options and I am honored that you have chosen my content. Please offer some discussion on my thoughts about Ms. Chamber’s employment and the culture. I will appreciate the input.  I wish you a great work week ahead!

Cheers!

Leslie M. Jasper

-Author & Host of the #VerballyDisastrous podcast now alive on Spotify, YouTube, and Soundcloud

-The Audio Blog: Verbally Disastrous Podcast & Construction Tales Blog: Now available on: Anchor, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, and Spotify

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