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Would you like a rewarding and financially secure career? One that is both flexible and enjoyable? As a plumber you can have all of that. And the great thing is that it doesn’t matter what age you are or what previous experience you have.
New Career Skills are one the UK's largest plumbing training providers. They have trained over 7,500 people of all ages (from 18 to 65) and all from different backgrounds (from doctors to shop assistants) ... many of which are now having successful new careers ... either working for a plumbing company or running their own business.
New Career Skills will ... Train You At One Of Their Nationwide Training Centres ... Get You Qualified ... And Then Help You Start Working In Plumbing Industry... Either In Employment Or Running Your Own Business ... The Choice Is Yours.
Please read through this page and then to find out more about the industry, training options, career opportunities and earning potential - simply complete the form on the left and they will send you a Course & Career Brochure on how you can become a plumber.
- No Experience Needed - Full Training, Help And Support Provided At All Stages.
- Flexible Training Around Your Existing Job, Family And Other Commitments.
- Help Getting A Job Or Starting Your Own Business.
- Gain Nationally Recognised Qualifications Such As City & Guilds And Others.
- Thousands Of Past Students Now Having Great Careers In The Industry.
- Get Started This Week If You Want.
From Job-To-Job To His Own Plumbing Business
“Hi, I’m Antony Crossman, I’m 28 years old, I just started my own plumbing business which is A J C Plumbing.
My dad has just finished, actually a couple of years ago, an electricians course down at New Career Skills, so he suggested that maybe that I could do that as well, so he sponsored me for the course so I went down there and done the plumbing course, just finished that and like I say, I’ve just started my own business now, getting on quite well with it.
I found it to be very, very handy because you go down there for a week at a time, doing the practical course and then go away and do all the course work at home and then obviously if you’ve got any problems when you’re not down at the course, I can just give the guys and the tutors a quick telephone call or an email and say I need help and they’re very good at helping me out.
You get good class sizes down there; you’ve normally got about 8 to 10 people in a group which is ample for the tutors to control on a personalised basis because its not a big, massive class where you don’t get any individual tuition, so you get a lot of one to one help down there.
I’m very glad that obviously I’ve made the change and I’m self employed now and so obviously the rewards I get working for myself are much greater than working for someone else, especially with the success that my dad’s had out of his business, he’s done really well out of it, so in the future I am hoping to do as well as what he has on the electrical side.”
From Troubled Streets To Broken Washing Machines
Jonathan Blaize, 23, from London, has just finished the first part of his plumbing course with New Career Skills and is set to return to its Southampton base to do the electrical element soon.
"I'm from East London and it's not all good around here. People get into bad social circles and get into trouble. I got into trouble and got nicked and went to court.I needed to change and New Career Skills helped me to do it in a short amount of time by focussing on something positive."
Jonathan spent a lot of time after leaving school trying to make money from music, but once his son Trey was on the way he decided he had to find a more reliable income. It was then that he found New Career Skills and embarked on a life-changing journey.
"From 20 to about 22 I was unemployed and I had stopped doing music because it wasn't really paying. I had a baby coming and I decided I needed a stable career for his sake. I'm very practical and I thought 'What should I do?' and I knew plumbing was a job in high demand, so I looked into it and decided to go ahead."
He said the New Career Skills course gave him something to give his full attention to and not get distracted.
"It was more intense than college, so it meant I could focus on it and finish it quickly and keep my focus. When I got back I made some business cards and I have been handing them out to let people know that I'm a domestic plumber and I'm on call.
I used to be on street corners doing nothing, now I'm going into shops and handing out my cards and people are impressed. That's because of New Career Skills,"
From IT Geek To Plumbing Superstar
“I used to manage computer networks, and got involved in network design and installation. I was also involved in running a computer repair workshop, wrote some software, did all the higher end management stuff. I ended up totally office-bound and really hated it.
The law practice I was in was heading for some kind of split as the senior partner was retiring. I seized that opportunity to get out. I was 49 and really wanted to do something worthwhile.
Through my sort of "secretive" research I had short listed a number of companies who were offering plumbing courses. New Career Skills really came out on top and I decided that was the way to go.
In October, heart in my mouth, I handed back my company car, vacated the office and left the building.
Right from the outset New Career Skills proved to be the right choice, the training was first class, the advice they gave me really helped me start off on the right foot and the encouragement I got from them helped me all the way. Professional training and advice is the only way to go.
Since then I have been assessed and joined the CORGI Competent Person Scheme and met the criteria of the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme allowing me to become a registered Water Industry Approved Plumber. In addition, I have gained my LOGIC Certified Unvented Systems Certificate. I am now working towards becoming a CORGI Registered Gas Installer.
I am now running my own small plumbing business. I bought a nice little second hand van, lots of tools, followed their advice and simply got out there.
Various marketing tactics were also suggested by NCS Career Search, along with tips about advertising and customer care. Lorraine soon picked up customers, and she hasn’t looked back.
“I remember only a couple of months ago we placed our first advert in the paper and I told Mike "I hope we are not wasting our money, what if the phone just does not ring?" Naive or what? Now its "Let's not put any more ads in, I cannot cope with any more work!"
I will be 51 next month. To anyone stuck in a job they really do not like or with a desire to do something different and worthwhile I would say DO IT! and DO IT NOW! My only real regret is that I waited for so long - I should have done it years ago!”
- About New Career Skills
- Your Career As A Plumber
- How The Training Works
- Get A Job Or Start Your Own Business
New Career Skills was founded in 1998 as a specialist training provider. Recent years have seen New Career Skills expand and in 2008, NCS were named by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in the UK. NCS believe the secret to their success is delivering a service that’s best in class.
- NCS have trained thousands of successful students
- NCS own our training centres, and deliver all training their selves, using an employed team of tutors, so everyone can be confident of quality
- NCS are an accredited examination centre for City & Guilds, EAL, BPEC and Logic
- All of their course materials are written by experts and lead to industry standard qualifications, accredited by top awarding bodies
- NCS tutors are all qualified and also have real world industry experience
- Students practise hands-on in specially constructed training bays
- The tutor to student ratio is typically 1 to 8
- NCS achieve pass rates of over 95%
- A first re-sit (should you ever need it) is free and you can even retake a week’s practical free
- Student satisfaction rates are consistently over 95% and NCS publish these rates on their website every month
- NCS fees include everything – there are no hidden charges (some other organisations do not include exam fees or retakes or extra weeks training)
- You receive the services of NCS Career Search – help finding employment or starting your own business, plus offers and discounts on vital services and free professional development courses
- You can join the NCS Community - a free resource centre and a place where you can source work or work alongside other trained NCS graduates already running businesses
- A tutor is contactable even after you graduate to offer advice while you’re working
As a qualified domestic plumber you will enjoy a fulfilling and varied career. It is a challenging, satisfying job which involves high amounts of individual freedom and responsibility. As successful New Career Skills students will tell you, it is also financially very rewarding.
NCS recognise that they need to deliver you first class training and that they also need to support you once you’ve graduated, unlocking the value of your training and your new skills. That is why NCS offer a staged training and support programme – theory and certification, practical training and hands-on experience, help finding work or starting your own business, and on going support once you are out working.
You will find out how NCS do this when you request an information pack. And when you have completed your career change programme you will discover the wide range of potential areas in which you can work and some areas where you may want to specialise.
Now you're cooking
Gary Ribeck has been a plumber for over three years, having previously been a chef. 'No two days are ever the same and I enjoy the challenges that my new career has brought me. My course tutors were extremely knowledgeable and are happy to take calls even after I qualified - they are very relaxed and helpful. In fact, I spoke to one so often that we joked that he spoke to me more than to his own wife!'
Mum to plumber
Gillian Robert was made redundant as a teacher, but seized the opportunity to try something new. She now runs her own business, The Lady Plumber, "My friends really like the idea of me being a female plumber, they think that it’s a good business idea because a lot of women feel more comfortable with a female plumber in their house, especially if they’re on their own."
Tapping into his talent
Jonathan Blaize turned his life around when he gave up getting into trouble, became a dad and got a trade, "I used to be on street corners doing nothing, now I'm going into shops and handing out my business cards and people are impressed. That's because of New Career Skills."
New Career Skills (NCS) recognise that some people learn best from books, some in a class and some by doing rather than reading. NCS try to offer what suits you best. You will train for your new career using their special blended learning approach.
The structure is very simple – you study a block of theory at home and then you book in for a week of practical hands-on learning at one of their training facilities. They try to offer you maximum flexibility and break everything down into bite size chunks.
At the training sessions you will be guided by your tutor and practise hands-on in a safe, controlled environment the theory you have learnt in home study. Because you do the theory at home you do not have to spend days sitting in a classroom.
You can get started straight away. You are in control of when you learn and the pace at which you learn. This approach is taken so that you do not have to give up your job until you are ready to become a full-time plumber.
How you tutor will support you
You will have access to the NCS team of tutors while you learn your theory at home. Later, during your practical weeks in centre, NCS have around 1 tutor for every 8 students. You will work in a specially designed bay which is a replica of what you will find on a domestic job. As you work through the different practicals each week, your tutor will be at your side, supervising and guiding you through. All tutors have many years hands-on experience in their relevant industry and also a number of years in education, which means you get the best possible support available, and a lot of common sense advice.
At the end of every week NCS ask their students to rate the quality of tuition they receive in centre. These results are published on their web site. NCS tutors consistently achieve satisfaction grades of 95% and above for training style and delivery, helpfulness and friendliness.
Even after you have finished your course, the NCS tutors will be available to give you advice while you’re working. So if you get stuck when you are out on a job, you can call. Or if you have a big project and you need some guidance, go and see your tutor for a chat first.
NCS Career Search is a division of New Career Skills which supports you starting out and growing your new career. Career Search will help you get a job in the plumbing industry or start your own business and, once you are working, it can help you to succeed. NCS Career Search has a dedicated team in centre and also an exclusive community, MyNCS, to serve you better.
Help you will receive from NCS Career Search. During your course you will be contacted by your Career Search advisor and right from the start you will be offered advice on preparing your CV, interview techniques and creating a business plan (including sales, marketing, finance, staffing issues and legislation).
Work experience – NCS Access. As you progress through your course, subject to availability and on recommendation by your tutor, you may be eligible for the NCS Access programme. This is an opportunity for you undertake work experience with an NCS graduate who is already running a business in your area, and provides a real world environment for you to test out the skills and knowledge you have learnt in your practical sessions. Because NCS have trained thousands of trade professionals we are in a position to offer this exclusive service to their students.
Career Manuals. Towards the end of your course you will receive manuals on working as a plumber or setting up your own plumbing business. These manuals contain plans and techniques for starting and growing your business and some invaluable tricks of the trade. You will also be introduced to a range of other opportunities to further your skills, with free workshops on pricing and estimating, renewable technologies and many other courses which may be of use to you.
The NCS Career Search web site also gives you access to a range of products and services at exclusive discounts which will be helpful to you in your new career – services like web design, financial and legal advice, low cost van hire, insurance discounts, and money off tools and workwear.
NCS Community – MyNCS. Throughout your course and beyond you will be able to access the NCS community, called MyNCS. Through this community you can keep in touch with the other students you meet while training, and stay in contact even after you graduate, so you can share jobs with them. New Career Skills trains people as electricians, plumbers and in renewable technologies (like solar and heat pumps), so there are plenty of jobs which can be shared amongst the community. Early on if you have a large job you may wish to share it with a more experienced NCS graduate, who can give you a few pointers as you start out. Job opportunities are also posted on the community and there is a library of materials you can download for free and use in your business, including quote sheets, sample contracts, customer satisfaction forms, marketing materials and financial planning templates.
NCS Career Search is an important part of your career change programme. Its services are only possible because NCS have been delivering trades training for so many years and can draw upon the experience of people who have successfully completed our programme and are now running new businesses. It is a unique and vital ingredient in your success.
Frequently Asked Questions And Answers
1. What qualifications do you need to become a qualified plumber?
New Career Skills recommend that initially you do:
- City & Guilds 6189-11 Level 2 NVQ in Plumbing and Heating
- NVQ Diploma awarded after two successful work place assessments
- BPEC Water Supply Regulations (“water regs”)
- BPEC Domestic Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems
After you have completed the above you should also consider working towards completing the following:
- NVQ Diploma awarded after two successful work place assessments
- BPEC ‘Part P’ Defined Scope (“electrical”)
Having additional skills and qualifications makes you more highly employable and gives you the ability to offer more services should you choose to become self-employed.
2. How long does it take to become a plumber?
The length of time it takes to qualified whilst training part time is dependent on the individual and how much time they can commit to their training. For some it may take 6 months to get their City and Guilds and a further 6 months to get their NVQ. For other it may take 18 months to complete the City and Guilds and NVQ.
3. I’m XX years old. Am I too young (or old) to retrain as a plumber?
We have found that you are never too old to learn new skills or change career. We’ve trained numerous men and women in their 50’s - and they’ve gone onto have successful businesses and careers.
4. Is there a skills shortage in the plumbing industry?
Latest estimates from Summit Skills suggest that an annual total of 3060 plumbers will be required each year to replace those who retire or leave the industry.*
There is also great benefit in combining traditional plumbing skills with new renewable technologies like solar and heat pumps which will help you to be part of the green revolution.
Green jobs growth
The potential training requirement for environmental technologies in the construction sector by technology is calculated by Summit skills** as:
Training Need for Green Plumbers
- Solar Thermal Hot Water Panels - 127,482
- Ground Source Heat Pumps - 100,599
- Air Source Heat Pumps - 89,021
- Rainwater Harvesting - 77,904
* Summit Skills 2010 Next Step LMI Bitesize
** Summit Skills 2010 Potential Training Demand In Environmental Technologies In Building Services Engineering
5. How much money could I expect to earn as a plumber?
Please see the charts below (provided by Salary Track 2010).
6. How much do your students earn once qualified?
That’s a difficult one to answer definitively as we have trained over 7,500 students. But based on a survey of 2,000 New Career Skills graduates … here’s how much more they are earning in comparison to their previous careers:
- 30% earn £5,000 more
- 33% earn £5,000 to £10,000 more
- 20% earn £10,000 to £20,000 more
- 17% earn over £20,000 more
7. What do the majority of trainees do once qualified?
Based on a survey of 2,000 New Career Skills graduates … here’s what they are doing now:
- 84% are starting or running their own business
- 7% work for a large company
- 9% work for someone else
Most people start off thinking they will work for someone else, and 16% end up working for someone else. Most people finish the training and realise they have the skills, the support and the confidence to go self-employed. They also know that’s where the money is!