If you’re thinking of starting a new career, an option that you should certainly look at is a career in plumbing. If you’re the sort of person who likes practical work, getting your hands dirty and some good old-fashioned manual labour, it could be right up your street. And there’s a bonus too, plumbers are relatively very well paid.
This is due to the fact that there is high demand in our now growing economy for plumbers and it is a national shortage of fully trained and qualified plumbers here in the UK. These factors or add up to make in a career in planning a cracking choice, so let’s take a look at how you could get yourself trained and start work as a qualified plumber.
The route that you take in training to be a plumber will depend on your particular circumstances, for example if you are just out of school all under 25 then perhaps your best option would be to look into plumbing apprenticeship, where you will work part-time with the already experienced plumber and spent part time in the local college studying the theory. This option is great if you’re still young spent a few years study in apprenticeship and bobs your uncle at the end of a few years in a fully qualified plumber for experience you would ever need.
This option is fine if you’ve got 2 to 3 years spare, and can live off a part-time wage but for those of us who have rent, mortgages and other bills to pay we need to take a more speedy route. What is this route you speak of, I hear you ask? Well listen up because about to tell you.
Fast Track Full Time Courses
Due to the shortage of plumbers and the high demand for them that we mentioned earlier, there is now another way to become fully trained as a plumber. You can study at a dedicated construction skills training centre, where you can study full-time on city and Guilds accredited plumbing training courses.
What’s great about these courses is that they teach you all the practical skills you will need to start work as a plumber in mock training environments such as plumbing bathrooms, kitchens of it in a boiler. All these things you will do in mock environments, so when you are finally unleashed upon the general public whatever the job you come up against is sure to have done it at the training centre many times. What’s more apart from the practical side of things, you will also be taught all the plumbing theory you may need in a classroom environment.
The general upshot is these training courses will get you the same qualifications that someone who has spent a few years on an apprenticeship would have got in a short space of time.
The length of the course can last from between 6 to 12 weeks or longer if you opt for a part-time course.
Show me the… (how much Money?)
Okay these courses sound great, sign me up I hear you say! Whoa… Hold on amigos, I haven’t mentioned how much these courses cost yet. The full-time city and Guilds plumbing courses can cost from between £3000-£5000 depending upon what level of qualification you going for and your particular course provider. So it’s worth shopping around, although you may be better off going to the nearest one to you rather than having to traits halfway around the country. But the choice is yours!
What are the qualifications that I should keep my eyes open for?
The main plumbing qualifications that you’re going to need if to start work and earn a few bob as a plumber is National vocational qualification level 2 diploma.
This is the minimum entry requirement to start work as a plumber or to be considered what we call a qualified plumber. There are more supplementary qualifications you could get. But this is the main one you need if you want to be a regular sort the plumber that we use around our homes. And for the vast majority of you this would be the only qualifications you’ll ever need, okay there is part P and gas safe register that you may want to look into. But I leave them for another article.
Okay well there we are, I hope I’ve explained to you the routes you can take to become qualified plumbers in the UK, I wish you luck in your new career choice!
For a more in depth look at plumbing qualifications check out www.cityandguilds.com or www.plumbing-apprenticeships.co.uk