Plumbers install, service and repair water supply, sanitation and heating systems, whether domestic or commercial. As a qualified plumber or gas engineer, you could attract good wages and have the opportunity to start your own business, if you are logical, creative and a good problem-solver.
With the housing market booming and confidence in the economy returning, the construction industry will rely on skilled tradespeople. You’ll be taught by tutors who have worked in the industry and typically students progress from Level 1 to Level 2 and then to a Level 3 Diploma or into employment, or an apprenticeship. Your plumbing training could start with the basic skills of soldering and pipe cutting and progress through higher-level courses to complex knowledge of cold and hot water systems and gas supply systems.
Level 3 Plumbing Apprenticeship
Previous school: Bishop's Castle Community College
I chose this course as I want to follow in the family trade. I’ve had work experience with my father, so I knew that plumbing was an area I’d like to work in. This is a very enjoyable course, covering lots of skills, as well as giving you the opportunity to work with new materials. After this course I plan to go on to an Apprenticeship.
I wanted to do something hands-on when I was older and not to be stuck in an office – I didn’t enjoy A Levels. I have enjoyed learning more in-depth techniques on Plumbing Level 3 as it helps you understand the practical and put it all together. You also gain the confidence to complete more jobs. I am currently working with SG Roberts and will keep that going whilst I do my Level 3 Gas next year. Eventually I think I would like to go into teaching and do the same things that the staff at SCG have done for me.
Level 2 Plumbing
Previous Institution: Church Stretton School
It’s great seeing the improvements I’ve made on the course and I’m looking forward to moving on to an Apprenticeship. This is a great trade to work in as there are lots of opportunities to specialise in different areas of plumbing.
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