Throughout the years, plumbers have stood by to rescue the households across the country from a number of show-stopping problems with their bathrooms, showers, toilets, sinks, taps and wider pipework networks. The trade itself continues to go from strength to strength and offers a great career path for those wishing to pursue a vocation that offers flexibility, advancement and daily stimulation.
Taps On Plumbing provides emergency plumbing in Bristol along with a selection of central heating and bathroom remodelling services. We are already halfway through 2019 and many young people will be reaching the end of secondary school ready to make decisions about their future. As experienced Bristol based plumbers, we would like to give any advice we can to young people interested in joining the trade.
Why become a plumber?
There are plenty of reasons to choose plumbing as a career but the most reassuring of all is that it is a skill set you will keep for life and it will always be applicable no matter where you go. In addition to this, the UK is facing a huge gap in the number of plumbing professionals with more work available than there are people to carry it out (an estimated 30,000 qualified personnel).
The plumbing trade is also notoriously resilient against economic downturn and whether the economy is in good or bad shape, the skills of a plumber will always be required and paid for. In terms of the day-to-day, you can expect to be challenged physically and mentally whilst being able to implement practical hands-on solutions to a wide range of issues. The financial rewards of the job are also generous and with the Bristol plumber day rate being very attractive.
What is involved in the day to day
Plumbers are responsible for a wide range of duties related to anything that uses water from a building’s mains supply. Daily tasks could include:
- Installing/fixing central heating systems
- Emergency call-outs
- Maintaining sanitary systems
- Plumbing in mains water appliances
- Installing air-conditioning units
- Bathroom fit-outs
- Is the plumbing trade for me?
To be a successful plumber you will need to enjoy working with your hands in a practical way whilst also being able to employ your problem-solving skills in order to deliver the best outcomes to clients. You will also be working exclusively in the homes and businesses of clients so being personable and social is definitely a must. More than likely you will be called into stressful situations where pipes have burst and water is leaking through the ceiling so you need to be able to stay calm and focus on getting the job done.
What Qualifications Do You Need?
You will need to be officially qualified to start work through an NVQ Level 1 which is a mixture of on-the-job practical training designed to give you a grounding in the base level of skills required to be a plumber. Following the completion of Level 1, you will then have to complete the NVQ Level 2 which takes the form of work placements and classroom-based learning. Over the course of Level 2, you will be required to undertake practical assessments and tests in order to demonstrate your understanding of what you have learned.
After completing Level 2 you will be able to work for a plumbing firm and build up valuable experience. You can then tackle the Level 3 course which will allow you to diversify your skills and work in areas such as gas.
Laurence is a content writer and marketing manager for Taps On Plumbing. He helps publish regular content and insights for customers and industry personnel.