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If you want to work in an industry that offers diverse career paths, good wages and the opportunity to start your own business and you are logical, creative and a good problem-solve, consider a stimulating career in plumbing or as a gas engineer.

With the housing market booming and confidence in the economy returning, the construction industry’s growth will rely on a new influx of skilled tradespeople.

We have a variety of training courses to prepare you as a future plumber or gas engineer in a trade that will always be in demand by the public and essential to the construction industry. We also have courses for those who want to learn the basic skills required for DIY projects.  If you are unsure which trade you are most suited to, our taster courses will give you a feel of a variety of trades to see which suits you the best.

All applicants will be required to pass an assessment and attend an interview and then the typical route for students is progressing from Level 1 Diploma to Level 2 Diploma and then progressing from Level 2 Diploma to Level 3 Diploma or into employment or an Apprenticeship.

Our Apprenticeship programmes are developed to respond to employers’ changing needs in a rapidly growing industry. Apprenticeships allow you to earn a wage whilst learning a trade, developing practical skills and knowledge to establish a career in the largest sector in the UK.

Plumbers install, service and repair water supply, sanitation and heating systems. They also install bathroom suites including showers, toilets and basins. Your plumbing training could start with the basic skills of soldering and pipe cutting and progress through higher level courses to complex knowledge of cold and hot water systems and gas supply systems.

Our courses also cover safety, installation, maintenance and regulations to ensure you are fully equipped to enter the industry. We offer training in a dedicated training facility housing a workshop that’s equipped with a range of plumbing hand and portable power tools and equipment, which will allow you to learn and benefit from industry standard facilities. Adjacent classrooms with computer facilities enhance the workshops and provide a link between practical and knowledge based aspects of the courses.

You will be taught by tutors who have worked in the industry themselves, gaining the skills needed to start your career in the industry. 

Skills and qualities needed to succeed in this industry include a good understanding of mathematics and English; a careful, methodical and accurate approach to your work; the ability to follow drawings, plans and written or spoken instructions; the ability to work well in a team and good communication skills.

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I decided I wanted to be a plumber when I did work experience in Year 10 and then decided to come to Shrewsbury College because its Construction and Trades department has a really good reputation.

Jordan Davies
Jordan Davies

Past Students

The plumbing industry is part of the building services engineering sector and is continually adapting to meet technological challenges and plays a central role in environmental technology developments. As qualified plumbers, our students work in a number of different areas, including heating and ventilation, refrigeration and air-conditioning, gas servicing, and kitchen and bathroom fitting. Many choose to be self-employed and set up successful businesses of their own.

Career Options

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • British Gas apprenticeship £15,000+


  • Newly qualified plumber £18,000+

You could move on to be an:

  • Experienced plumber £22,000- £35,000+
  • Experienced gas service technician £25,000+

Source: National Careers Service