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20/11/2013 05:18 GMT | Updated 20/11/2013 05:23 GMT

Female Electrician Finds Herself Struggling For Work After Facing Sexism Over Being Too Pretty

Has someone actually managed to create a DeLorean that travels back in time a la Marty McFly-style?

Surely that's the only explanation for a female electrician who claims she has been turned down for more than 50 jobs on account of sexism.

Apparently, Sian Willcocks has been told she is too much of a 'turn-on' for other men and can't be employed lest she “distract” all the male workers on jobs.

But the 25-year-old blonde insists no-one would notice her looks in her overalls with her hair up.

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Mum-of-one Sian has been trying to get a full time role for three months without success. She says she has been stunned by the sexism she has encountered.

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The sparky claims male customers regularly offer her help when she does the odd wiring job – because she’s a woman.

Sian needs to find a job before Easter otherwise she won’t complete the practical element of her training.

The tomboy, from Lincoln, said: “I don’t really know what to do next. They just aren’t taking me seriously.

“One person said he couldn’t employ me because I would distract the guys while they were at work.

“I have had some older customers watch over me like a hawk when I’m doing work.

“A couple have said women belong in the kitchen but I tend to shrug it off.”

She added: “There’s always jokes about a blonde woman changing a light bulb and things and it is frustrating.

“I do feel sometimes I’m being treated differently because they see me as this slim, pretty, ditzy blonde.

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“I’m a problem solver and a bit of a tomboy. I’m not really a girly girl although I do look like one.

“I will be fully qualified after passing my exams and I know what I’m doing.”

Sian has been studying for two-and-a-half years on a remote university course while looking after her seven-year-old son Brandon.

She has already paid £6,000 of her £8,000 on university fees and has carried out 80 hours of work experience.

But she needs a job to fund the remaining £2,000 of fees and cover exams, travel expenses and childcare.

She has been offered a lifeline by the Job Centre which has said it will pay the fees – but only as long as she secures a job offer.

Since September she has written to small employers, temp agencies, bigger employers and service contractors – but hasn’t secured one interview.