30-year-old Carly Gayle from Crewe recently made headlines after being dubbed 'The UK's Sexiest Plumber'. Her story (which was picked up by The Sun, the Daily Star and the Daily Mail, among others) highlighted some of the challenges that female plumbers tend to face in this male-dominated trade.
"Where's the man?"
Gayle, a fifteen-year veteran of the plumbing trade, is often asked "where's the man?" when she arrives on-site for a job. Sadly, it's a line that lots of tradeswomen are familiar with, and it goes to show that many members of the public still hold very stereotypical views about what a plumber looks like.
While Gayle did go on to mention that she has used that dismissive comment as fuel to help her succeed, her story does bring to light the prejudices commonly encountered by women in plumbing.
Pictured: Leah Carney, a woman who started her own plumbing business after completing a course with Access Training. Read Leah's story here.
How many female plumbers are there in the UK?
According to industry experts WaterSafe, less than 1% of all UK plumbers are female. When Carly Gayle was learning her trade, she was one of only two women on a plumbing course of 200.
In an effort to address this vast gender gap, WaterSafe launched their 'Get Girls Plumbing' campaign back in 2014, aiming to promote the trade to female school leavers and women looking for a career change.
While the campaign has barely moved the needle in terms of overall figures, there is undoubtedly a market for female plumbers in the UK. In fact, WaterSafe also reported that 31% of women would prefer a female plumber to carry out work in their homes.
A number of all-female plumbing companies have begun to spring up in recent years; in fact, for many of these businesses, it's become a unique and lucrative selling point.
Gender equality is a hot topic in 21st-century Britain, and there's never been a better time for women to dive into the world of plumbing.
Our Plumbing Courses
Regardless of your gender, plumbing is a great skill to have and an even better career to jump into. Careers in plumbing are well-paid, challenging and always in demand.
Luckily, here at Access Training UK, we have a wide variety of plumbing courses that offer both men and women the chance to learn a trade, switch careers, and change their lives for the better.
Learn the basics needed to become a domestic plumber (no experience required).
A comprehensive course to help you become a fully-qualified plumber (no experience required).
Combined course allowing you to earn plumbing and gas qualifications simultaneously (no experience required).
This course will equip you with all the skills and knowledge needed to install bathrooms (no experience required).
If you're already a plumber or heating engineer, this course will teach you how to install and maintain unvented hot water storage systems
Completion of this course enables you to apply for 'approved contractor' status with your local water authority - a prerequisite for many employers.
This fast-track NVQ programme is designed for experienced plumbers looking to gain the NVQ Level 2 Diploma quickly and with minimal fuss.
Whether you're male or female, why not consider training to become a plumber with the help of Access Training UK? Our courses offer qualifications for a range of skill levels, allowing you to achieve your career aspirations within a relatively short time frame.
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