My best IT trainees were women and the two I had fired were men, one for arrogance and the other could not understand the IF-THEN-ELSE concept. I put every trainee into a position to succeed. My article, Training Leaders & Recruits to Their Peak Value with Small Projects, gives more details and its concepts should be used everywhere, including non-IT jobs. It seems counterintuitive, but people reach Peak Performance much faster. One said she learned more in 2 months than in the prior 1 ½ years.