The audience at the Women Installers Together conference

New, bigger venue for Women Installers Together 2020

This year’s Women Installers Together Event will be held at the Great Hall at London Met University in London NW7. The event, on 1 July 2020, has grown so much in the past few years that it’s had to move to a bigger venue.

Already confirmed speakers are event founder Hattie Hasan MBE, and Bonita Norris, who was the youngest woman to climb Everest.

WIT 2020 is run by Stopcocks Women Plumbers with event partners Polypipe Trade. Other sponsors so far are Monument Tools, Graham the Plumbers’ Merchant, Vaillant and Fernox.

Hattie says: “We’re really delighted the event is growing every year. With the average age of plumbers at 57.5, the workforce is going to reduce drastically in a few years. Women are very keen to come into it, and this needs to be encouraged by all sectors of the industry by showing them how welcome they are.

“We sincerely believe that the changes that will attract more women into heating and plumbing will also attract more men: that’s good for everyone.”

The event was created to celebrate women working in the plumbing and heating industry and it continues to champion them and their advocates. Last year, delegates took part in round-table discussions that revealed the prevalence of discouraging girls and women from joining the industry, both within it and externally.

“Some stories were really quite disturbing,” says Mica May, Stopcocks development director and event organiser. “The determination of women plumbers and engineers and what many of them have overcome is genuinely inspirational.”

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