Plumbers ensure the effective operation of heating and water systems that we use in our every day lives. They install pipework, drainage units and heating systems in houses, commercial properties and other buildings.
You can get into this job through:
You could do a Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating.
This would teach you some of the skills needed for the job and will help you when applying for a trainee position with a plumbing company.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
The following local colleges offer courses in Plumbing:
- City College Norwich
- East Coast College
- Suffolk New College
- The College of West Anglia
- West Suffolk College
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.
You can do an intermediate and advanced apprenticeship in plumbing and domestic heating. This can take up to 4 years.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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You could start as a plumber's assistant or 'mate' and do training on the job to qualify.
You'll usually need some GCSEs, including English and maths, along with good practical skills.
You could apply directly for jobs if you've got qualifications and several years' experience from related industries, like building services or heating and ventilation engineering.
You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site.
You can find out more about becoming a plumber from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering and Go Construct.
Career Path and Progression
You can develop your skills by taking further training in areas like heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, and renewable energy technologies like solar powered heating.
You could go on to study for a higher national diploma or degree and become an engineer. This could lead to career options in building services engineering, estimating and contract management.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Heating and ventilation engineer
- Gas service technician
- Kitchen and bathroom fitter
- Refrigeration and air-conditioning installer
- Domestic appliance service engineer
- practical person who is good at problem solving
- ability to follow technical drawings and plans
- communication skills
- numeracy skills
- the ability to use your initiative
£15,000 to £40,000