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WaterSafe approved plumbers are certified by our national accreditation body, with specific training in the UK’s Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.
Hiring a WaterSafe approved plumber ensures that all plumbing work meets high standards and protects the quality of drinking water in your home and business, in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
When planning a plumbing project, you may wish to hire specialised contractors, rather than a fully qualified WaterSafe Plumber.
These Water Support Services contractors include:
These contractors are not approved WaterSafe plumbers, but they are recognised by the water company schemes APLUS, TAPS, WaterMark and WIAPS to carry out specific types of work in compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.
Groundworkers can work on the supply pipe (the underground pipe) supplying your property, up to the internal stop valve.
Catering Installers can install commercial kitchen equipment.
Point of Use Installers can install cold water chillers connected directly to the mains.
For further information or help, you should contact the relevant water company scheme.
Find a local WaterSafe approved plumber to help with your emergency.
For leaks, burst pipes, or other plumbing emergencies, WaterSafe’s emergency search will give you the contact details of a plumber who can help right away.
If you have no water, very low pressure or concerns about the quality of your water, you should contact your local water company straight away.
It would seem WaterSafe’s recently launched ‘Get Girls Plumbing’ campaign is certainly making waves as CHOICE Training, Dagenham has announced its support by offering four lucky ladies the chance to take up a career in plumbing.
Further helping to dispel age-old gender stereotypes, CHOICE, a leading boutique training centre providing courses in trade sectors, is giving away four of its City & Guilds Level 2 diplomas in plumbing studies to women interested in taking up the trade.
To be in with a chance of securing one of the four free coveted places, female plumbers-to-be simply need to write 100 words outlining why they would like to win a place on the course. The fantastic four will then be selected by a judging panel made up of the board of directors from the college, with the winners announced in time for the next full term.*
The activity follows in WaterSafe’s pioneering ‘Get Girls Plumbing’ research-led campaign which has shown that over a third of homeowners would actually prefer a female plumber. Despite this, however females remain severely underrepresented in plumbing,constituting just one per cent of the industry as a whole. Testament to this, of the 150 students currently placed at CHOICE, just six are female.
Julie Spinks Director of WaterSafe comments, “It’s fantastic to see our ‘Get Girls Plumbing’ campaign is helping to spark industry debate, with CHOICE coming on board to actively inspire women to enter the plumbing industry with these four free placements.
“Not only are we giving CHOICE Training our full backing but we will be offering these women a free Water Regulations Guide as well as some WaterSafe goody bags to help get them started.”
Robert Tye, Business Development Director for CHOICE Training comments, “We wholly support the ‘Get Girls Plumbing campaign’; with just one per cent of plumbers currently female, it is time we all come together to help dispel the gender myth one and for all.
He adds: “More so, we are increasingly seeing a strong interest in the market for female plumbers and have found that, for the few female plumbers we have trained, they have had a really good success rate in finding employment after the course. We would encourage anyone women in the local area thinking of a career in plumbing to get in touch now –together we can really help to get girls plumbing.”
All four selected winners will not only receive the chance to become City &Guilds Level 2 qualified but will also receive training including marketing and business tools.
For more information regarding CHOICE training courses please visit www.choicetrainingltd.co.uk.
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*There are no age restrictions in place and entry is completely free.