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  • Call for more women to become plumbers

    Danielle Thompson

    OFFICIALS of a national register for plumbers are appealing for more women to join the trade.

    With less than 1% of UK plumbers currently being female, staff at WaterSafe are seeking to highlight the attractions of plumbing as a career choice combining job satisfaction, a decent wage and skills that are always in demand and not to be put off by the outdated stereotype that it is better suited to men.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.”

    The organisation is encouraging female plumbers to becon 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. Mmany people think they’re plumbers because they can put two pipes together! There’s more to the job than that and people’s health can be potentially at risk if they use unqualified plumbers.”

    Julie Spinks, director of WaterSafe, said: “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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