2020 WIT conference set for bigger venue

The annual Women Installers Together (WIT) event has grown so much it’s moving to a bigger venue at London Met University for 2020. The event is designed to celebrate women working on the tools in the plumbing and heating industry and to strengthen this community.

Speakers already confirmed include event found Hattie Hasan MBE and special guest, Bonita Norris, the youngest woman to climb Everest.

Commenting on the next WIT conference, Hattie Hasan says: “We’re really delighted the event is growing every year. With the average age of plumbers 57.5 years, the workforce is going to reduce drastically in a few years. Women are very keen to come into it. This needs to be encouraged by all sectors of the industry by showing them how welcome they are. We sincerely believe that the changes that will attract more women will also attract more men into heating and plumbing – that’s good for everyone.”

Last year all delegates participated in roundtable discussions which revealed how prevalent discouraging girls and women from joining the industry is, both within it and externally.

“Some stories were really quite disturbing,” says Mica May, Stopcocks development director and organiser of the event. “The determination of the women plumbers and engineers and what many of them have overcome is genuinely inspirational, and most of them just brush it off. It’s brilliant to run a day we can all meet and have a great time.”

The WIT conference takes place this year on 1st July in the Great Hall at London Met University. For information and updates click: https://bit.ly/31PkBN2 or email mica@stopcocks.uk https://stopcocks.uk

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