Plumbers here in the UK are in huge demand mainly because there just aren’t enough of them, the demand for them really is through the roof and the supply is so little. So let this be encouragement for you to succeed in your quest to become an apprentice. They are also in high demand all over the world with many countries crying out for plumbers. So, when you qualify you really would like a total fresh start to your life then give it a go, at least you know your skills are in high demand wherever you decide to go.
Becoming a plumber will offer you job security and peace of mind along with a good dose of job satisfaction, what could be better than that!
Once you become qualified you can either become self employed and this really does offer enormous benefits like being able to decide the days you work, the hours you work and also when you take your holidays and how many you can take, you really aren’t restricted. Or there is the option of working for an existing plumbing company another choice is carrying out contract work, what this means is you’ll carry out jobs as and when they come up.
I’ve just finished school, can I begin an apprenticeship?
The answer to this question is yes definitely go for an apprentice if you’re just out of school, there really is no better time to try for an apprenticeship than straight out of school. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get you going in your new and exciting trade. Just imagine the great advantages of being trained up on the job by a qualified plumber with their year’s worth of experience and knowledge and skills they have gained throughout their own working lives.
They will train you up to the highest of standards so that you are able to meet with the awarding bodies standards.
Are you paid any money while you train?
Yes you certainly are paid as you train up, the basic salary you’ll be earning is £95.00 each week and this amount does vary, there’s no such thing as a fixed amount however you will be paid a minimum of £2.60 each hour.
How long can I expect to be an apprentice for before I qualify?
Ok so training to become a lumber via the apprenticeship route usually takes between 2 and 4 years. Your time will be divided between working on the job being trained up and the rest of your time will be in the classroom where you will continue to learn all your theory. Another great advantage of becoming an apprentice is that you’ll get to meet suppliers, construction workers and tradesmen who may in the future be of great help to you as you yourself enter the plumbing industry.
I want to start my training, how do I get an apprenticeship?
That’s fantastic news you won’t be disappointed, ok so back to the question, well you don’t require any formal qualifications to begin your apprenticeship just your absolute determination to succeed in your studies. You’ll need to be aged between 16 and 24 and you must have normal colour vision in your eyes. Any older than this and you may find yourself struggling to get an apprenticeship, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get an apprenticeship so please keep ringing around plumbing companies asking if they’re taking on and failing that ask them if they know of anyone who is, it’s always worth asking, you have nothing to lose and plenty to gain. There is a very limited amount of spaces available on apprenticeship schemes, so persistence really is the key here, you really do have to put yourself out there until you’re noticed.
Remember don’t get too disappointed of you don’t get on an apprenticeship scheme there are so many more options open to you for instance you can train up at your local college or training centre and there is also the option of studying from home, if you can’t fully commit to full time training.
So that’s it from me, I really hope you succeed in your quest to become an apprentice and then go on to become a fully qualified plumber, it has to be one of the best careers there is, so good luck and all the very best!