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Training academy offers more opportunities for women

The opening of a specialised training facility for females in Derby took place in July.

Guests included a host of installers and merchants who wholeheartedly support the idea of encouraging women in to the sector, as well as a number of female plumbers looking to extend their skill base with relevant courses.

The brainchild of female plumber Philippa Cunningham, Pink Training Academy will improve training opportunities for women who wish to pursue a career in construction-related industries and set up their own businesses.

It is supported by Ideal Boilers, Saniflo, Adey and Derby Homes.

The Mayor of Derby cut the ribbon to the workshops, where hands-on plumbing tasks will replicate the daily tasks of a plumbing and heating engineer. 

Classroom-based theory sessions will be held in the newly renovated training centre, whilst a opportunity to gain experience on live jobs will be offered by Derby Homes.

Qualified plumber Shauna Potter demonstrated the installation of a Stelrad radiator to showcase the sort of practical skills that will be learned at Pink Training Academy.

Ms Cunningham said: “If I hadn’t had a chance conversation with Shaun Edwards of Ideal Boilers at the gym my idea would never have come to fruition. I am so grateful to him and the rest of the team at Ideal who’ve provided unrelenting help, along with Saniflo, Adey and Derby Homes. The turnout at the event literally blew me away. I really think we’re on to a winner here”.

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