Scottish Daily Mail

Take the plunge for a plumb job

- For more informatio­n, see pimlicoplu­ SARAH HARRIS

CHLOE SAyER hopes to help break down barriers as a young, female plumber.

The 19-year-old, from Reading, joined Pimlico Plumbers as an apprentice and is based at the company’s headquarte­rs in Waterloo, Central London. Chloe, who attended Reading College, says: ‘At school there was very much an attitude that manual trades were for boys, and profession­s like nursing were aimed at girls.

‘I was lucky that I had a few personal connection­s who could point me in the right direction of how to go about entering the industry, as the advice I received in school wasn’t all that helpful.

‘A couple of my friends are plumbers, and my boyfriend works in the water treatment industry, so they offered me a few pointers. I then applied to Pimlico Plumbers and was lucky enough to secure an apprentice­ship with them.’

Chloe says the best part of the job is knowing you’ve helped someone ‘especially when they really appreciate it’.

‘To know they’ve had a real problem you’ve been able to fix is so rewarding,’ she said.

‘I love being a plumber, and I’m proud I had the confidence to just go for it, as I knew it was what I wanted to do.

‘I have had some negative comments though — my Pimlico Plumbers uniform is pretty recognisab­le, and an engineer from another firm once actually came up to me in the supermarke­t and told me that I’d never earn as much as him because I was a girl and that I was a rubbish plumber.’

However, most people are ‘really receptive’ to a female plumber arriving on their doorstep. ‘Sometimes, because I’m quite young and a girl, customers are a bit taken aback when I show up on the doorstep,’ she admits.

‘People have a very particular image of how a plumber typically looks, and I’m probably the opposite of the heavyset, middle-aged man they are expecting.

‘However, when I get to work and they can see I know what I’m talking about, people tend to be really positive and ask me loads of questions about my job.’

She adds: ‘The reaction I’ve had from family, friends and, most importantl­y, customers has been incredibly positive, and I’m really proud of the fact that I’ve bucked the trend and secured a great job and great career.

‘I’d say to any woman looking to get into a trade — do what you want to do and don’t listen to any negativity.

‘The majority of people I meet are so positive about what I do that you don’t need to listen to negative comments — if a career as a plumber appeals to you, go for it.’

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Bright future: Women should go for it, says Chloe

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