How to get a plumbing apprenticeship (ultimate guide)

Kick-start your career in plumbing.

Are you a hands-on learner who is at their best when getting stuck into practical work? If so, a plumbing apprenticeship could be just for you.

Plumbing apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to earn a wage (up to £250 a week) while gaining important skills, knowledge, and experience to become a qualified plumber.

By completing a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing, you will have the knowledge and skills to begin working under supervision. A Level 3 NVQ Diploma will enable you to design, install, and maintain complex systems. Each qualification gives you the basic skills needed to become qualified in both central heating and plumbing systems.

Why take up a plumbing apprenticeship? 

As a plumber, every day is different. From installing a hot and cold-water system on a construction site to servicing a heating system or changing radiators in a residential home, a career in plumbing will always keep you on your toes. Of course, there will be some jobs that may require a strong stomach, but the reward of customer satisfaction after a job well done will always outweigh those tricky jobs!

With qualified plumbers going on to earn £32,000 a year on average, starting a career in plumbing presents you with a stable future. As an experienced plumber, you could eventually earn as much as £50,000 a year – so kickstart your career now by searching for a plumbing apprenticeship.

What do you need to start a plumbing apprenticeship?

Plumbing apprenticeships can take up to four years. For an intermediate apprenticeship, you will usually need some GCSEs (including Maths and English), or equivalent. An advanced apprenticeship requires 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including Maths and English.  

Some of the skills that you need to become a successful plumber include:

  • Good communication
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to use initiative
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Customer service skills
  • Ability to work with your hands
  • Ability to use, repair, and maintain tools and machinery

How to get started.

You can apply for Plumbing & Domestic Heating Apprenticeships in several ways. Try applying for a trade apprenticeship through a plumbing company such as London-based Pimlico Plumbers or through a training provider such as JTL Training. Also check out any local colleges to see what apprenticeships they offer.

Otherwise, put your application together and find the perfect placement on our search page