Henry: I completed the Level 1 Plumbing course last year and am now working with Logic Renewables, a Plumbing and Electrical company. I’ve recently been working on ten high end apartments in Carlisle fitting bathrooms. The Level 1 course gave me the basic plumbing skills and an overview of the industry, including the types of things I could do, like be a Plumbing and Heating Engineer or Biomass Engineer.
Will: The Level 2 full-time course was a good stepping stone to get some knowledge of the industry before going on site. It also gives you the time to get your English and Maths if you didn’t get them at school. I work at Pinnacle Plumbing & Electrical. We’re working on bathrooms and maintenance at the moment. In the future I’d like to go away to a ski season, working on maintenance jobs. You get all your accommodation and food paid for, work for a hotel or company that maintains a number of chalets, and have free time to go skiing.
Byron: I want to earn a good wage and Plumbers when qualified get around £30,000+. I sent my CV off to over 30 companies. I knew someone who knew someone who worked at one of the companies, and through that contact I got a day trial and then the job. You need to use your friends and family contacts but they also want to see your CV. I work for Scott Thompson Plumbing & Heating and I’d like to go onto renewable energy… it’s really interesting and it’s the future!
Josh: If you’ve got the full time course on your CV you are then ahead of others, as you have already got some of the knowledge the employer wants, so they don’t have to start from scratch with you. When we are in College one day a week, we get detailed information and knowledge from the tutors, as on site they don’t always have the time to go through everything. At the moment we are learning about all the different cold water systems and the five categories of water and what you can use each for.
Our apprentices come into College every Monday, half the day is theory work and half is practical…