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How to become a plumber

The traditional route to becoming a plumber in the UK is through a plumbing apprenticeship, typically straight after completing your secondary education, although it’s never too late to retrain as a plumber! This is of course a brilliant option, but there are actually several paths available to prospective plumbers. These include:

  • Enrolling at a technical university or trade school
  • Taking a fast-track course
  • Working as a plumber’s assistant

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How to become a plumber

The traditional route to becoming a plumber in the UK is through a plumbing apprenticeship, typically straight after completing your secondary education, although it’s never too late to retrain as a plumber! This is of course a brilliant option, but there are actually several paths available to prospective plumbers. These include:

  • Enrolling at a technical university or trade school
  • Taking a fast-track course
  • Working as a plumber’s assistant

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An apprenticeship is a common pathway for someone looking to start a trade career. Apprenticeships are great for those with trade skills, because students are able to get hands-on experience as they learn.

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what does a plumber do?

A plumber installs, repairs, and maintains a building's water systems, from central heating to toilets, baths, and more.

Wondering whether you should become a plumber? There are plenty of reasons to take up this exciting trade. Read on to find out what you could do as a plumber.

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If you're looking to become a fully-qualified plumber, then now is a great time to start! The UK government currently plans on building around 300,000 houses a year, and with a national shortage of plumbers, it is truly an excellent time to take up the trade. Overall, plumbing is an extremely exciting, invigorating and varied career pathway. 

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Plumbers play a very important role in society. They do everything from fitting bathrooms to servicing central heating systems and replacing gas boilers. Without them, our homes would be very cold and inhospitable! So, if you train to be a plumber, you'll be stepping into a very respected & important industry. But what kinds of careers are popular in plumbing? Let's find out.

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Training to become a plumber

If you want to become a plumber, there are several different pathways that can get you there. Options include:

  • Completing a college course or apprenticeship
  • Training 'on the job' while working as a plumber's mate
  • Learning your new trade at a training centre

The best option for you will depend on your personal circumstances and your career aspirations.

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Gas engineer

Plumbing and gas engineering are two very attractive career paths. Both trades come with relatively lucrative salaries and good workplace flexibility.

If you're interested in becoming a gas engineer, you might have found your way to this blog post by researching about what kind of qualifications you need to get started. So, exactly what qualifications do you need to be a gas engineer?

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Electricians vs plumbers

Who earns more, electricians or plumbers?

On average, it would appear that electricians earn slightly more than plumbers, but both earn a significant annual salary. The average annual salary of an electrician in the UK is £36,134. The average annual salary of a plumber in the UK is £33,836.

 

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plumber fixing sink

There are a lot of reasons you might call a plumber to your house; maybe you’re planning a large scale bathroom renovation, have a leaky tap that needs fixing, or are looking for an emergency fix to a DIY mishap that has left your bathroom flooded. Either way, you’ll be picking up your phone and searching for “good plumbers near me”.

While there are lots of different scenarios that might require you to call a plumber, have you ever wondered when might be the best time to call? When are plumbers the busiest? Whilst plumbing might not be a profession you’d typically associate with seasonality, research has shown that there actually is a busiest time of year for plumbers.

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