For those who have already embarked on the journey of becoming a qualified plumber, the next step is to secure a fulfilling and rewarding career in this essential trade. With the demand for skilled plumbers consistently high, there are so many opportunities for those with the right skills and experience.
However, navigating the job market can be a daunting task, especially when faced with a sea of potential employers and a competitive job market. This is a quick guide, tailored specifically for qualified plumbers, providing practical strategies and insights to help them land the perfect job and advance their careers.
1. Update your resume and online profiles.
Make sure your resume is up-to-date and highlights your skills, experience, and qualifications. Also, update your online profiles, such as LinkedIn, to reflect your current experience.
2. Network with other plumbers and professionals in the construction industry.
Attend industry events, join online forums, and connect with other plumbers on social media. Networking can help you learn about job openings and meet potential employers.
3. Speak to a recruitment specialist
Keeping in touch with recruiters can help you find plumbing jobs that match your skills and experience. Once you've completed your training and have achieved the necessary qualifications, getting your first job as a plumber can sometime be a challenge. Here at Access Training, we're committed to helping out students get rewarding careers in the trade of their choice, which is why we offer three years of career support. Contact us today to be put in touch with our expert recruitment team, who will be more than happy to talk you through current vacancies, CV support, and interview advice
4. Be prepared to interview.
When you do land an interview, be sure to prepare thoroughly. Research the company, practice answering common interview questions, and be prepared to discuss your skills and experience in detail. If you can no longer attend an agreed-upon interview, just take a minute to let the interviewer know. Our career support team is available to help with interview prep and offer advice on interviewing best practice.
5. Consider specialising in a particular area of plumbing.
Specialising in a particular area of plumbing, such as heating systems, drainage, or gas installations, can make you more marketable to potential employers. Take a look at our heat pump course and NVQ Level 2 for more information on specialised qualifications.
6. Stay up-to-date on the latest plumbing codes and regulations.
It's important to stay up-to-date on the latest plumbing codes and regulations in your area. This will help you ensure that your work is safe and compliant.
7. Get involved in your local plumbing community.
Join a professional organisation, such as the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), or volunteer your time to help others in the community. This can help you build your reputation and network with other plumbers.
8. Never stop learning.
The plumbing industry is constantly evolving, so it's important to never stop learning. Take continuing education courses, read industry publications, and attend workshops to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques. Additionally, there are always options to upskill - such as our NVQ Level 2 qualification.
By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to finding a rewarding career as a plumber. Visit our Plumbing courses overview page to find out more about plumbing careers.