Award-winning engineer helping to create the future

BY MATT WALL   Natasha Carpenter, an award-winning Vodafone engineer, reflects on how to attract more women in to the industry and shares her experiences of keeping the UK connected during the coronavirus pandemic. When Natasha Carpenter looks back 11 years to when she was a legal secretary, she can’t believe how far she has come in that time. Now she’s a winner of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year special recognition award, and also a recipient of a special recognition reward from Vodafone. As an experienced engineer specialising in fixed-lined telephony for commercial customers, she and her colleagues have been keeping UK businesses connected during the coronavirus pandemic. Young apprentice It was applying for a Cable & Wireless (now part of Vodafone) apprenticeship that changed her life. “I was just doing the same thing every day as a secretary, but this apprenticeship looked really interesting. I didn’t know anything about telecoms but I was interested in technology and how things worked,” she tells Vodafone UK News. Careers advice at her school in Essex pushed her towards office work, says Natasha, based on a sexist assumption that “girls didn’t really do this kind of stuff”. She admits that her line of work is still very male-dominated, which is why she’s so keen to spread the message – particularly to girls – that “no matter what you look like, your race, your gender, you can be an engineer if you want to”. I want to show people what the future could look like…it’s exciting! Initially, customers couldn’t believe she was the engineer when Natasha turned...

We Are Back!

Starting on Monday, July 6th, Belmars is open for classes and personal training. ⁣ First Kickfit class on Monday, July 6th @ 6:45. ⁣ We do have restrictions set by NYS that need to be followed. ⁣ We will be at 50% capacity. ⁣ We will be cleaning/ sanitizing in between all classes. ⁣ Your temperature will be taken upon entering the gym. ⁣ Masks are to be worn anytime we are not maintaining a 6ft distance. ⁣ Bring your own boxing gloves ⁣ We want to get everyone working out safely. Have patience with us. We are all in this together....

Adam Schleifer for Congress

"The vote is precious. It is most powerful ⁣non-violent tool we have in a democratic society and we must use it." -John Lewis ⁣ We are ready for change! Get out there and vote Adam Schleifer for Congress. ⁣ He is passionate about the important issues and we believe he's ready to make a change. Vote! Vote! Vote! ⁣...

Sarah Wolf and 124.27 miles

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt A little Monday motivation for everyone. Whilst the majority of the population binge-watched Netflix, drank, and eat 7 meals a day during the lockdown, Sarah Wolf managed to run 124.27 miles during the month of May!! Way to go...

Boxing Gym Spars with Coronavirus Lockdown

Check out the article on Belmars where owner Peter Belmar has this to say about re-opening and the current pandemic: ⁣ ⁣ “I'll be there fighting until the last bell,” Belmar told FOX Business. “And I'm not going to quit halfway. I'm going to see the fight to get to the end.”⁣ - Peter Belmar...

Workout with Peter

Workout with Peter - Look On The Bright Side Of Life Workout for Monday, April 6th, at 6:45 pm. We're live again for our weekly online workout class. Message Peter for the password for class and workout with the old man. Workout info: Rule 1: 1) Wait for the count 2) Stay with the count 3) Keep up with the count Here is our plank song, let's try and follow along https://youtu.be/SJUhlRoBL8M Rule 2: 1) You're not allowed to get tired or quit. 2) You only stop when the old man says to stop. Good...