Bathroom solutions brand Grohe, through its GIVE vocational training and education programme, is supporting the second HIP female-only plumbing and heating skills competition.
The HIP event debuted in 2023 and was intended to provide a dedicated space for enthusiastic females within the plumbing and heating industry, which is often represented mainly by males, to showcase their skills and talent.
After the success of last year’s event, GIVE will be the headline sponsor for the competition for the second year running.
Starting next month, the 2024 HIP female skills competition will see up to 36 Level 2 and 3 female plumbing and heating learners of all ages from colleges around the country go head to head in three regional heats for a place in the grand final.
Those regional heats will be held on February 27 at Bath College, March 5 at Leicester College and Kirklees College, Huddersfield, on March 7. Participants’ skills will be put to the test in a live practical installation test.
The winners and runners-up from these heats will face further practical installation tests at the final at Stephenson College, Coalville, on April 18.
Grohe’s GIVE programme leader Chris Penney will attend the final to hand out prizes and congratulate the victors.
The GIVE programme supports plumbing schools across the EMENA region by training and educating aspiring young installers. It also provides schools with installer-training spaces, modern equipment and training materials.
Read our interview with Grohe’s new UK MD Kristine Skauge. Also read what Ebru Bircan, the head of marketing at Grohe UK & Lixil EMENA, has to say about discusses the role of training programmes for women within the trades sector.