2 August 2011
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Trading up for a better job future
Published in The Northern Echo
There are more men working in industries such as building, plumbing and electrical engineering than women, but this is a changing trend says Checkatrade.
There are more men working in industries such as building, plumbing and electrical engineering than women, but this is a changing trend says Checkatrade which helps people avoid cowboy builders by providing a free directory of vetted tradespeople and service providers across the UK.
"It is really great to see more women opting for hands-on careers. We have seen a rise in the number of female run businesses, not just in industries like electrical engineering and plumbing but also unusual trades such as tree surgery and locksmithing" says Kevin Byrne, managing director of Checkatrade.
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) 63 per cent of the 16 to 24 year old women polled said they were more interested in learning a skilled trade rather than a profession, because a trade stays with them for life.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Checkatrade helps combat the UK's rogue trader problem by continuously vetting and monitoring local traders such as builders, plumbers and electricians. The idea was born in 1998 after a tornado hit the small West Sussex town of Selsey. Traders poured in from as far away as Liverpool and Manchester. Unfortunately, some ripped off the inhabitants of the town. Local businessman, Kevin Byrne, realised there was nowhere to check out the traders’ credentials and the company that became Checkatrade was formed.
Since then, Checkatrade has grown to include over 6,300 genuine trade members, growing by an average 120 new members every month, and, via the Royal Mail, distributes 5.9 million directories a year into communities throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset and Berkshire, while the website includes traders from across the UK.
PR / Marketing, Checkatrade
5 - 6 Sherrington Mews, Ellis Square, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 0FJ