Plumbing courses in Bath or plumbing apprenticeships are becoming more and more available through either the City & Guilds or through the JTL apprenticeships schemes.
Apprenticeships at City of Bath College
Part Time/Love2learn Courses
Plumbing DIY Introduction
This course is designed to provide some DIY skills and knowledge relating to maintenance of plumbing and minor modifications in the home.
Plumbing – Diploma Level 3 – City & Guilds 6035
This two-year diploma is aimed at those working within the industry and who have successfully completed the Level 2 diploma or technical certificates, who are wishing to extend their knowledge within the plumbing industry.
Unvented and Vented Hot Water Systems
This one-day course will explain the installation of vented and unvented hot water storage systems. The course is aimed at plumbers and people in associated trades who are involved with the installation, design, specification of these systems.
This one-day course will explain the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999. The course is aimed at plumbers and associated trades who are involved with the installation, design, specification of water systems or with buildings containing water systems. You will need to successfully complete a pre-issued study pack and along with the training and assessment day will allow you to demonstrate competence with the regulations.
Apprenticeships have been the traditional route into learning a trade for hundreds of years. At City of Bath College we offer an apprenticeship programme that enables young people to learn, earn and qualify for their chosen profession.
If you are aged between 16 and 24 and would like to undertake a programme that combines work, learning and improving your core skills, and which leads to a recognised qualification, then an Apprenticeship is for you.
Apprenticeships typically last for two years and during that time the apprentice will spend time in College and at the employer’s workplace.
Our apprenticeship programmes are designed for young people who have either found an employer who wishes to take on an apprentice or are looking for help finding an employer. Apprentices are employed by their company and receive a minimum of £100 per week from their employer whilst learning.
All apprenticeship programmes at City of Bath College have at their core, a set of learning programmes designed to enhance and improve the application of number skills, communication skills and information technology skills required to operate in the workplace. In addition, the Apprentice will be working towards a National Vocational Qualification at level 2 or 3 and in some cases a technical certificate completes the framework.
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During the two year programme, Apprentices will have regular reviews and workbased assessments with their occupational trainer, who will also involve the employer in the review and recording of progress towards the qualifications.
Bath is now one of the good areas for opportunities for plumbing training and or plumbing apprenticeships because the regeneration of Bath has increased the demand for plumbers.
Plumbing companies often look to colleges and training schools for new plumbing apprentices and often work with the colleges in locating trainee plumbers for their own work force.
Plumbing courses in Bath are keenly supported by the government and often employers are able to get subsidised training for any plumbing apprentice they employ. Normally the apprenticeship in plumbing will consist of one day at college where the student will gain a combination of theory and practical skills.
The rest of the week the student will work with their employers carrying out normal every day installation plumbing work or plumbing repairs.
Bath is now an expanding place where opportunities for trainee plumbers are becoming more available, but it is important for young people to spend time preparing a good presentation to any potential plumbing company.
The modern plumbing systems require a good technical knowledge and school leavers wishing to become involved with plumbing will require at least grade C and above in all the major subjects. It is unlikely that lower GCSE grades will be acceptable.
Older people might be able to secure a good adult learning plumbing course in Bath by attending one of the many open evenings throughout the year. It is important for anybody wishing to get involved in plumbing in this way to understand that employers may not be too keen to employ a newly trained plumber without experience.
Bath plumbers are experiencing a tremendous boost in their incomes as the economic recovery begins but business is still competitive. Companies are diverse in their work and often travel outside their area to complete plumbing contracts so experience is often essential when plumbers are asked to work in this way.
People with a desire to become plumbers within the Bath area should contact all those companies that might offer a plumbing apprenticeship or general plumbing training. Some of these companies might be interested in somebody from an allied field of work who has some practical experience and wants to be a plumber’s mate.
There are many possibilities in Bath and some of the best opportunities come along when eager people go out of their way to find work. The plumbing companies will not come to you, they expect you to be eager and excited at the prospect of working and training with them.
Again, plumbing can be a wonderful career for keen individuals but the economic climate right now dictates that the most highly motivated people and ones that show a natural aptitude for the job will be more likely to get considered.
There are other ways to get involved in the plumbing trade and often this can develop by working in allied trades. Some people start by doing small property maintenance jobs working up to carrying out small plumbing jobs as a natural part of their work.
Bath is becoming big business for maintenance companies and the opportunities for people to learn plumbing this way are enormous. Some people do not like the image of jack of all trades type services but the main reason for this is that the cost of employing many trades for some companies is prohibitive to their businesses.
There are several high profile property maintenance companies in the Bath area and potential plumbers should not dismiss this route to getting a start.
Plumbing courses in Bath are available; it’s just that you need to look at every opportunity for employment if you want a full time plumbing career.