Stopcocks Tradeswomen will launch the National Register of Tradeswomen on 8 October. The register’s initial aim is to ensure that vulnerable householders who feel safer with women can find a fully verified tradeswoman in their area.
The Register is run by people who will source tradeswomen from the Register local to the householder, to carry out the requested work. The not-for-profit organisation also has plans to enable women to train in trades and access funds for training.
Hattie Hasan MBE says: “We believe that women want to know they’re supporting and contributing to empowering other women through helping them into worthwhile and well-paid careers. We believe that women want to enable other women to achieve independence and a life where they have control.
“We believe that women feel good about themselves when they know they’re helping and supporting other women. That’s why we’re confident this Register, School and Fund, with all skilled tradeswomen nationally joining, will be a huge success.”
Hattie adds that, as well as making tradeswomen easier to find, they can be counted, which will provide the data needed to increase the number of tradeswomen available: no one knows how many women plumbers and gas engineers or other skilled tradeswomen there are in UK, she says.
“We want all tradeswomen, not only self-employed ones, to register so we can get an accurate picture in the UK and work towards making the changes we want to see. We’ll be asking all employers to encourage their female trades employees to register. We don’t count if we’re not counted.”
The register is free to join, and will be available for customers to use in early 2021. You can find out more and join here.