When you've reached the point where enough is enough
- where do you turn for advice on a new Job?
It doesn't matter what background you're from - if you're looking to find an exciting new career-path then it can be pretty hard. Have a wander round this website and you should find some great starting info.
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People will always need the services of qualified plumbers, in good times and bad. It's true to say we've seen a temporary lull in construction, but the demand for domestic plumbers still exceeds supply. How often do we hear about the trouble someone had finding a plumber to mend their heating system? Plus of course even the DIY experts need a professional plumber when it comes to fitting a new bathroom suite. Consequently if you're considering a career change, you might well find that becoming a professional plumber fits the bill!
Once you've learned the necessary skills and understand the systems you'll be working on, the sky's the limit! For a professional, unbiased understanding of the industry's requirements, you can download a free copy of our indispensable guide to plumbing certifications.
With so many different companies providing varying standards of training and exams, you'll find the information invaluable.
We'd suggest you give yourself some time to read and digest the contents. Then log on to this webpage again and request information from any of the colleges listed here. It might be an idea to bookmark it now so it's easy to find again.
The idea of self-employment is what attracts many men (and women for that matter) into the plumbing industry. It's true to say that just about all those who enter the industry as adults start working for themselves very quickly. It makes a lot of sense when you look at how much work is available, and how much money can be made when you've built your reputation.
The best plumbers get a big chunk of their work through word of mouth once their reputation's established. You'll learn your industry skills through a training college, but it's equally important to learn how to deal with people. Business sometimes comes in from the most unlikely people. When you're in someone's home, try not to invade their privacy too much.
More often than not, plumbers in the commercial environment are employed to work a maximum forty hour week. But self-employed domestic plumbers have a different situation. Be prepared to work later to give householders quotations for home improvements - once they trust you they'll be willing to leave you in their home during the day.
The great thing about plumbing skills is they'll set you up for life. Whether a house is ten years old or a hundred years old, it still needs water and heating! There's a lot of job satisfaction - as it's always good to see the end result of a job well done. Obviously you only need to take on the work you want to do, although it's not a good idea to be too picky at first!
If you're planning to run your own business, you'll need to get a feel for how to do good quotes. You can either charge a daily rate, or a price for the job.
Whichever you do, make sure you've included all your expenses. Once you've done a few, it will all become very routine. Some of the more commercial plumbing courses will teach you about business practices.
You can take City & Guilds training for various plumbing courses in both further education colleges and commercial colleges. Youngsters generally try to find a company to work with so they can complete NVQ qualifications alongside their C&G's.
However, those who are a little older usually prefer to do their training part-time alongside their current job. So the more flexible courses offered by specialist companies tend to be more geared towards adult re-trainers.
Their fees will be higher, but in the long run they're more cost effective for the person looking to work for themselves in a predominantly domestic environment.
Plumbing courses will cover the various skills that you'll need to work on water systems and central heating etc. Most colleges also offer additional skills training which you could consider if you want to offer a bigger package to your customers. Additional skills could be in plastering or tiling, basic electrical work or energy efficiency.
Having additional skills will make it easier to build your name. Each job will be more cost effective, and leave more money in your pocket. Householders much prefer taking on tradesmen and women with a multitude of skills.
To round up, if you're looking to work for yourself in private housing the most effective route will be via a specialist plumbing training company.