Apprentice Plumber – How a combi boiler works.
Phil strips down a combi boiler and learns all the parts and how they work.
The traditional route to starting your career as a plumber is to complete a plumbing apprenticeship which takes four years. In order to do this, you’ll need to find a plumbing company offering apprenticeships that will give you access to on-site work experience. Plumbing apprenticeships are a great way to learn the skills needed to become a qualified plumber. You’ll work alongside a mentor who will share their skills and knowledge to enable you to start carrying out plumbing tasks independently.
Skills A Plumbing Apprentice Learns
Skills you will learn and tasks you will regularly carry out as a plumbing apprentice will include: –
- Planning jobs and estimating time and cost
- Learning how to measure fittings and choosing the correct fittings to use
- Cutting, bending and joining pipes and learning how to install / change fittings
- Fault finding and providing recommendations
- Installing water, drainage and heating systems
- Servicing central heating systems and radiators
- Installing domestic appliances, such as showers and washing machines
- How to deal with emergency callouts
- Fitting weather-proof materials (e.g. roof joints and flashings) as part of installations
How Apprentices Train
Apprenticeships are usually carried out on a block release basis over the four year period, with one week spent on theoretical training and two weeks spent on practical training, working alonside your mentor. On the third year of your apprenticeship, you’ll carry out specific training on domestic heating systems which will enable you to become Gas Safe Registered at the end of your apprenticeship.