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Female-only training days are now available from water treatment specialist ADEY at the company’s Gloucester Training Academy.
The launch of Women Installer Training through the ADEY Academy will focus on hands-on training around the Best Practice approach for water treatment and is designed to encourage more women to take advantage of the company’s training facility, where women currently represent just 3% of attendees.
“Women Installer Training is our way of supporting tradeswomen, and hopefully with increased visibility, it will encourage more women to consider a career in the industry,” comments marketing director Claire Miller. “As a manufacturer, we believe that we have an important role to play in helping make sure the heating and plumbing workforce is truly representative.”
The new offering also coincides with ADEY’s support of the Women Installers Together event which takes place on Wednesday 6 July at London Metropolitan University. Co-founded by Hattie Hasan MBE, a plumber and CEO of the Stopcocks Women Plumbers franchise, the event aims to bring together tradeswomen, champion those already working in the industry and increase the number of female plumbers.
“What Hattie is doing goes beyond women supporting women,” continues Claire. “Her work with schools to encourage young girls to consider a trade, bringing tradeswomen together to support each other and helping to provide new skills for female survivors of abuse to build a better future, is commendable.”
According to Working Futures 2021 only 1.93% (3,283) of plumbing, heating and ventilation engineers are female. Alongside this, interest in the plumbing trade has decreased across the board, with the number of 18-24 year olds searching for a job in the sector is currently 3%, according to YouGov Omnibus research.
“An inclusive environment increases diversity and it’s very clear that this is necessary to attract a quality workforce today,” says Hattie. “Stopcocks Women Plumbers and the Women Installers Together events have always been about including women in the skilled trades workforces and creating positive role models. We’re delighted that ADEY is taking the initiative and running training specifically for woman plumbers and heating engineers. It’s this kind of action that really demonstrates women are welcome in our industry.”
To book your place on an ADEY Women Installer Training course, or any of the ADEY Best Practice Training courses visit www.adey.com/training