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  • Call for more women to become plumbers

    Danielle Thompson

    CHIEFS at the national register for plumbers are appealing for more women to join the trade.

    With less than 1% of UK plumbers being female, staff at WaterSafe are using World Plumbing Day this month to highlight how plumbing is a 'great career choice that combines instant job satisfaction, a decent wage and skills that are always in demand' - and not to be put off by the out-dated stereotype that plumbing is a job better suited to men.

    WaterSafe approved plumber Hannah Dorkenoo Leggat said: “I would encourage any women thinking of becoming a plumber to go for it as it is such a rewarding job. You get to meet so many different people, some with amazing stories. The best decision I made was to become a plumber.”

    They are encouraging female plumbers to get WaterSafe approved, which reassures customers that they are trained to work safely with their drinking water.

    Hannah added: “Being a member of WaterSafe is important – so many people now think they're 'plumbers' because they can put together two pipes. There’s more to the job than just that – people’s health can be potentially at risk if they use unqualified plumbers.”

    Julie Spinks, director of WaterSafe said: “World Plumbing Day is a great opportunity to focus on female plumbers and encourage young women to apply for plumbing apprenticeships.

    “These days there’s nothing a male plumber can do that a female can’t, and our research shows that many women and elderly customers in particular welcome the chance to employ a female plumber in their home.”

    To find out more, visit watersafe.org.uk/becomeaplumber

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