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Ben BaylissBy Ben Bayliss - on 06 May 2015
Posted in Apprenticeships

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Why should you take a plumbing apprenticeship?


Why should you take a plumbing apprenticeship?

Here at JTL, we’ve long been championing apprenticeships, and the opportunities that they, and other forms of work-based learning, can offer a young person looking to kick off their career.

As is well known, JTL’s focus is mostly on the building engineering services industry, and as such, one of our key offerings as a company is plumbing apprenticeships. Knowing that a plumbing apprenticeship can be a four year undertaking might put some people off, but there are plenty of reasons it shouldn’t.

Ben Bayliss, one of our former Plumbing Training Officers, and now working in Internal Quality Assurance in PMES (Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services) for JTL, has given us five of his top reasons to get signed up to a plumbing apprenticeship right now.

  • As a JTL plumbing apprentice, you’ll receive a free, fully stocked Monument toolkit on sign-up. As a plumber, your tools are going to be what you work with on a day-to-day basis. Here at JTL, all of our plumbing apprentices receive a free kit worth £150, supplied by leading supplier Monument Tools, once they are signed up to the organisation. The kit provides a young, would-be plumber with all of the basic maintenance tools they might need for any small, domestic plumbing jobs. Then, if you go on to complete your Level 2 qualification after two years and move onto Level 3, you’ll receive a new, updated kit with more technical equipment for areas such as testing, etc.
  • Your plumbing apprenticeship will set you up perfectly for the rest of your career. Vocational skills are becoming more and more important nowadays. Plumbing is a fantastic trade to get into. It opens a number of windows and opportunites – far more than you might imagine – and gives individuals the opportunity to specialise later in their training and career. For example, some JTL plumbing apprentices have moved into specialities such as solar, water harvesting, biomass, gas maintenance, and more. Remember – skilled technicians will always be in demand, and that’s just what you could become. Whatever area you choose to move into as you move onto your Level 3 qualification, you can be a specialist, as well as a plumber.
  • It’s a field where you can earn a more than decent salary. You may not think it, but plumbing is a field where there is real potential for those involved to earn a high salary. If you are fully committed to your work and your training, and learning all the skills you need to be successful, once you’re fully qualified (e.g. after your four year apprenticeship), there’s no reason at all that you couldn’t be earning anywhere between £25,000 - £40,000 per year in your mid-twenties. That’s not a figure to be sniffed at!
  • You can be your own boss. Plumbing is a trade where, once qualified, you have the opportunity, if you desire, to become self-employed. If you’re self-employed, you can pick and choose the jobs that suit you. Choose where you’re working, what you’re working on, and when you want to do it! You can even set your own financial goals and work to them – some plumbers choose to work themselves into the ground for a selected period of time over a year, and then give themselves a longer period of time off afterwards.
  • It’s a practical environment. An apprenticeship and career as a plumber gives you the chance to be hands-on. During your apprenticeship, though there will be some theoretical, college work, there will also be a large portion of on-site, practical work. This can also give you a sense of accomplishment once you have completed a task, and there’s a range of working environments out there to do so. If you’re a hands-on person, plumbing can be the perfect trade for you.

So, these are just five of the reasons that you might like to consider a plumbing apprenticeship. If you’re interested, please feel free to get in touch and we’d be delighted to discuss it with you in more detail.

Plumbing is a viable and potentially lucrative career path for you, so make sure you consider it when you’re planning your future career.


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