Nearly two thirds of plumbing businesses have apprentices in their workforce and these employers see apprenticeships as a vital lifeline to support the growing skills shortage in the industry. With so many unqualified people working in the industry, cowboy plumbers will have cost the UK £2.6 billion in recent years.
To become a plumber via the apprenticeship route it will take you approximately four years of training while gaining work place experience. Often taught on a day release with one day at college and the rest with your employer as you start to earn a real wage.
This Level 2 two-year course will allow you to work while learning about the plumbing industry, it also gives you the option to specialise in plumbing and heating or heating only.
Read about one of our plumbing apprentices who is now a lecturer here.
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You work in the plumbing industry, want to train on the job and gain a nationally recognised qualification in plumbing and heating or heating only.
Four GCSEs at grade 4 including English and maths. If you do not achieve these grades, it is possible to study the full-time Level 1 diploma first. You will also need a plumber willing to employ you as an apprentice for the duration of your training.
Through a mix of theory and practical sessions, covering essential information and practical hand skills to keep you safe at work, identify different hot and cold water heating and sanitation systems, and get stuck in. You’ll also learn the basics of environmental protection, renewable energy systems, and an introduction to Building Regulations and British Standards.
Assessment by multiple choice online examinations, practical assignments and a block-week bathroom installation.
Learning practical industry skills in a real world training environment within our workshops.
An advanced Level 3 apprenticeship or the full-time Level 3 diploma.
Careers in this industry
- Plumbing engineer
- Plumbing and heating engineer
- Plumbing and drainage engineer
- Plumbing sales
With additional training you may become OFTEC qualified and be able to work as a:
- Gas service technician
- Heating and ventilation engineer
Experienced plumbers can earn upwards of £40k a year and there is a current skills shortage with plenty of jobs available."
Alice Collard Self-employed PlumberAlice always enjoyed practical study and when she finished school she went straight to college to study plumbing because she wanted to learn a good trade. In her second year she got a job with a plumber in Falmouth and this took her through her third and fourth years of college, where she gained multiple qualifications. After leaving college Alice was determined to give plumbing a go on her own and set-up her own plumbing and heating business.
“My job can involve anything from fixing a leaking tap to a full bathroom refurbishment and I enjoy the variety, you never know what you’ll get from day to day and it’s always a challenge.”
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