The Scottish plumbing industry is making “slow but sure” strides towards increasing diversity.
the Federation of Plumbing Employers of Scotland and Northern Ireland (SNIPEF), has seen an increase in the number of women and apprentices from black and ethnic minorities (BAME).
There was a record number of new apprenticeships for 2021/22 – 400 compared to 150 in 2020/21.
The proportion of female apprentices amounts to 2.24% of the total against 1.34% the previous year.
The proportion of apprentices with a BAME inheritance increased from 0.67 percent of the total to 0.75 percent.
Dale Thomson, Head of Apprenticeship Training at SNIPEF, said: “Nine apprentices, down from just two the previous year and three BAME apprentices up from one in 2020-2021 is a clear indicator that we are slowly but surely moving in the right direction. direction. leadership to improve the diversity of our industry.
“There is clearly still a long way to go, but we find it encouraging that women, in particular, are increasingly enthusiastic about taking training to become qualified plumbers. “
Fiona Hodgson, Executive Director of SNIPEF, said: “It is very encouraging to see a clear trend towards more diversity in our industry.
“I am confident that as more and more people from diverse backgrounds choose to undertake an apprenticeship in plumbing, they will also inspire more women and people of BAME heritage to enjoy the satisfaction and income potential. long term to qualify for such a socially responsible role.