On all jobs, you would use hand and power tools, which could include welding equipment. As an experienced plumber you might specialise in sheet metal, work on industrial, commercial or historical buildings.

You can start work through an apprenticeship so you can earn while you learn.

Qualifications for plumbers are City & Guilds craft certificate or NVQ2 for wet plumbers (these employees would not be able to work on gas) or City & Guilds Advanced Craft or NVQ3 for those who wish to work with gas boilers.

These plumbing qualifications are made up of theory and practical work in the classroom / training facility and work based experience with a working Plumber.

Colleges should help students find a work position, although many students organise it themselves.

If you want to become a plumber there are lots of schemes and grants available if you hunt around, so the odds are you won’t even have to pay for the first year of your course.

Typical duties include

Depending on what level of plumbing you learn to do and depending on whether you work in domestic, industrial or commercial premises your duties could include:

  • Installing and repairing water supplies, heating systems and drainage.
  • Servicing gas and oil-fired central heating systems, boilers and radiators.
  • Installing and fixing domestic items like showers, bathroom suites and washing machines.
  • Servicing air-conditioning and ventilation units.
  • Fitting weather-proof materials, joints and flashings to roofs, chimneys and walls.

Skills Required

  • The ability to follow technical drawings and plans.
  • Good practical skills.
  • Good problem-solving skills.
  • A careful and methodical approach to work.
  • A reasonable level of fitness.
  • An awareness of safety issues and legal regulations.
  • The ability to work as part of a team and alone.
  • Good customer care skills.

Further Training

Some companies may encourage you to learn other trades such as tiling, plastering or carpentry so you can fit complete bathrooms and kitchens. With experience, you can progress to supervisory positions or move into related areas of work within a company, such as estimating and contract management.

Guideline figures for Plumbing salaries

Starting salaries for newly qualified plumbers can be between £16,500 and £21,000 a year. Experienced plumbers can earn between £21,000 and £35,000.

How to apply

To be considered for all employment and training opportunities on site you must complete our Employment and Training Registration Form.

Contact information

For further details please contact:

Kate Candler, Willmott Dixon Housing on: 01462 814455.