Katie Tritton, 17, is studying Plumbing Level 2 after leaving Bexhill High.
‘I wanted to learn a trade to prepare me for the rest of my life. There are a few plumbers in my family and they are all men, but I knew I could do it’ says Katie.
‘Because there are not so many girls in the trade, it is easier to progress and there is a market for female plumbers. Some religions and older people would prefer a woman in their home than a man, which means there is always work.’
Katie aspires to be a Health and Safety Executive, going onto building sites to check everyone is abiding by the safety rules. ‘I can persuade a lot of people to do what I want,’ jokes Katie, ‘In Level 2 Plumbing, we do a health and safety exam and get a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card which enables us onto different sites. This will help me towards my goal career.’
‘To anyone thinking about studying Plumbing at SCCH, I would say do it! It’s interesting and you will enjoy yourself. You have the six week transition period if you feel another trade is better suited to you, but it is a great course’ concludes Katie.
To find out more about studying Plumbing at SCCH, visit http://www.sussexcoast.ac.uk/courses/construction