Single mum drives massive tipper truck in makeup and ‘takes no s***’ from builders

Christina Demetriou loves her job driving her truck round London delivering to building websites and is encouraging ladies to enter the male-dominated businessChristina Demetriou, 31, works as a truck driver in London delivering materials to building websites (Image: My London/BPM MEDIA)A younger mom who describes herself as “fairly girly” says persons are shocked to be taught she works as a a 32-tonne tipper truck driver. Christina Demetriou, 31, a single mum from Islington, London, spends her days driving vans to building websites, based on London Live. She drives round London delivering aggregates akin to sand, hardcore and soil. People are shocked given the truck driving business is dominated by males. “No one can ever consider it”, she mentioned. “I put on makeup and get my nails completed. At a building website or in the membership males get confused. They are like: ‘What is occurring?'” She works in and round London from 6am to 4pm on daily basis, adn says the business is understaffed so she will be able to at all times discover work.

Christina Demetriou driving her 32-tonne truck round London
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“I like this job”, she mentioned. “For me it’s one thing I’m obsessed with. I can meet new individuals and am by no means in the identical place, which is sweet. I do not like staying nonetheless.” Construction is without doubt one of the most male-dominated industries in the UK. Just 13 per cent of the development workforce is made up of girls. Ms Demetriou, who has a daughter, mentioned: “I don’t benefit from the fixed stigma about ladies being truck drivers. You don’t at all times get handled the identical means. “I positively get handled in another way. Not all males after all however there are some that simply see ladies as objects.” She added: “I’ve discovered to do what I do it’s a must to be a sure kind of girl – resilient however with a bit of little bit of grit about you. “Without that you simply received’t have the ability to survive.”

She mentioned you want ‘grit’ to outlive in the male-dominated business
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Ms Demetriou began off as a driving teacher however discovered it “boring” so she grew to become a bus driver for 2 years for Islington Council. Then she determined she wished a challenged and began driving for building. Ms Demetriou mentioned she would encourage different ladies contemplating the same career to go for it. She mentioned: “I’d positively inform her to do it. Tell her to be assured and consider in herself. And not take s*** from anybody. “If you don’t have faith you received’t get wherever, you might want to inform your self you are able to do it.” The firm Christina works for, RMS in Silvertown, is at the moment hiring.

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