Proper plumbing can save a homeowner 10% on water bills when fixing an easily corrected leak studies have found. Plumbing is an invaluable trade, with a lot of demand, and rather good pay.
Which explains why so many individuals are encouraging women to enter the field.
According to the article, this was the first every Women in Trade seminar at the Arizona Automotive Institute and held speakers from all types of industries. There were mechanics, welders, and plumbers gathered there, to talk about and urge women to enter the workforce in positions usually held by men.
One of the speakers, Master Welder Letty Rodriguez, had this to say.
“Being a woman in a very male-dominated trade has its challenges for sure,” she said. “It urges you to push through it. To prove it.”
The Executive Director of AAI Trade School, Dr. Joel Kostman, is hoping more women will enroll at the school. Currently, only 7% of the student population at AAI are women.
“I’m hoping that this seminar, that we do this for years to come, and that other folk will realize that we have talent in women that graduate from our school every rotation, every phase, and they are very well qualified to go out there and compete with any man that’s been in the field.”
At the same time, in countries like Jordon, there are women paving the way into these markets. One of these women, Safa Sukariya, a plumber and mother of three, shared her experience.
“Society did not initially accept the idea, but over time people began to tolerate the existence of a workshop for women who live alone, especially Syrians who have lost their husbands in the war.”
Sukariya learned the trade from a grant-based training course in 2015, which was sponsored by the German Center for International Cooperation in partnership with the Hakama Vocational Training Institute.
However, poor working conditions to due societal influences are making the search for work difficult.
“Women who work in the plumbing profession are struggling to make ends meet, pay their house rent and buy basic personal necessities after losing their husbands in the war,” said Sukariya.
Jordanian women’s economic contribution, which totals 15% of the gross domestic product, according to the Economic and Social Council, remains among the lowest in the world.