June 25, 2022


Scotland’s plumbing business is making “slow but sure” progress towards expanding range.

The  Scotland and Northern Eire Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), has viewed will increase in the quantity of women of all ages and black and ethnic minority (BAME) apprentices.

There was a history selection of new apprenticeships for 2021/22 – 400 in comparison with 150 in 2020/21.

The proportion of feminine apprentices rose to 2.24% of the complete in contrast with 1.34% in the preceding 12 months.

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The proportion of apprentices with BAME heritage has moved up from .67 per cent of the complete to .75 per cent.

Dale Thomson, Apprentice Schooling Manager at SNIPEF, said: “Nine female apprentices, as opposed to just two in the past yr and three BAME apprentices as opposed to only one particular in 2020-21 is a distinct indicator that we are bit by bit but undoubtedly going in the suitable route to increase the variety of our sector.

“There is obviously still a very long way to go but we discover it encouraging that women, in particular, are significantly enthusiastic about coaching to turn out to be skilled plumbers.”

Fiona Hodgson, Chief Government of SNIPEF, claimed: “It is remarkably encouraging to witness a distinct pattern in direction of bigger range in our sector.

“I am assured that as a lot more and additional men and women from numerous backgrounds elect to undertake a plumbing apprenticeship, they will act also as a spur to but much more gals and persons of BAME heritage to embrace the gratification and extended-phrase earnings likely of getting to be certified to undertake such a socially responsible role.”

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