After a Covid break of two years WIT is back at a new, bigger venue on 6 July, at The Great Hall, London Metropolitan University, Holloway Road, London.
Women remain at a very small percentage of tradespeople, around 1% with heating engineers and electricians being even lower. This causes extreme isolation, with some tradeswomen never meeting other tradeswomen. The event was established in 2017 by Hattie Hasan who later received an MBE for her work helping overcome this isolation and bring tradeswomen together to celebrate their tenacity in an industry known for its toughness, high incidence of mental health issues, attrition and worsening difficulties attracting new entrants.
In spite of almost a quarter of women expressing strong interest in joining the industry and a very strong social media presence, routes to join are unclear and numbers growing very slowly.
Hattie Hasan MBE is MC and Mandy Hickson, one of the first women fast jet fighter pilots, whose stories are genuinely hair-raising, is the speaker.
The event also features round table discussions, speakers from the floor in Five Minutes of Fame and its ever-popular raffle and a free lunch.
Monument Tools are once again event partner, with Williams Trade Only Plumbing and Vaillant UK, headline sponsors. New sponsors coming on board include Mark Vitow, ADEY, Rated People, Mira Showers, LCL Awards, JTL Training and On The Tools, along with regular supporters Impey/Coram and Fernox. A women’s workwear manufacturer would be especially well received by delegates as a sponsor.
Tickets are free for tradeswomen and sponsors. Tradesmen and company representatives who’d like to find out how they can support tradeswomen are very welcome and can buy tickets at £50 ea.
All tickets are available here https://wit-event2022.eventbrite.co.uk