Plumbing courses in Durham or plumbing apprenticeships are becoming more and more available through either the City & Guilds or through the JTL apprenticeships schemes.
National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) – Mechanical Engineering Services Level 2
Technical Certificate – Certificate in Basic Plumbing, Studies Level 2
Functional Skills – English Level 2, Maths Level 2
National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) – Mechanical Engineering Services Level 3
Technical Certificate – Certificate in Plumbing Studies Level 3
Functional Skills – English Level 2, Maths 3
Other Requirements – ACS Gas Qualifications (subject to employer), Water Regulations, Unvented Systems
A Higher Level Apprenticeship in Construction.
For more information contact New College Durham
Durham is now one of the good areas for opportunities for plumbing training and or plumbing apprenticeships because the regeneration of Durham 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 Durham 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.
Durham 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 Durham 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.
Durham 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 Durham 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 Durham 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.
Durham 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 Durham area and potential plumbers should not dismiss this route to getting a start.
Plumbing courses in Durham are available; it’s just that you need to look at every opportunity for employment if you want a full time plumbing career.