Pink Plumbing launches ideal
opportunity for aspiring female plumbers.
Hull manufacturer Ideal Boilers and Derby-based Pink Plumbing have
joined forces to develop a local specialised training academy for
women in the plumbing and heating industry and are urging merchants
to back the project.
Founder of Pink Plumbing, Philippa Cunningham created her
female-only plumbing company in 2008, following a successful 20-year
career as a teacher, and has now set her sights on improving access
to training for women who wish to pursue a career in plumbing.
"I'm aiming high - I want to change the face of the construction
industry," said Cunningham. "I want to make it so that women can
enter the industry more easily and know that there will be a strong
support network in place for them. I want to help women build their
careers, build their own businesses."
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As part of this long-term
ambition, Cunningham is currently establishing her own
training academy in Derby with the support of Ideal Boilers.
She said: "The support I'm already receiving from the
industry is fantastic. Ideal has been alongside me from the
start of this project, helping with funding for the
building, supplying boilers for the trainees to work on and
providing invaluable support, advice and encouragement."
Carrie Young, Ideal's head of marketing says, "It's great to
see Philippa's passion and to work alongside someone who has
such ambition to encourage more women into our industry.
"We're proud of our role in raising standards in training
and assessment within the industry and pleased to support
Philippa as she works towards this in Derby. We encourage
other manufacturers, suppliers, merchants and plumbers to
get behind this fantastic project as well. The industry must
pull together to ensure the long-term career prospects of
high quality female would-be plumbing and heating
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