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Plumbing Apprenticeships

Looking for a Plumbing apprenticeship in Kent? Earn while you learn at MidKent College 

Taught by experienced trade professionals, a Plumbing apprenticeship is perfect for those looking to learn practical skills on the job.

Plumbing is an attractive career for many reasons. You can start out on a salary of up to £15,000* and become some of the most highly paid tradespeople in the industry. The plumbing profession involves lots of innovation, precision and technical skills that can all be learnt whilst earning.

The construction industry is wide and varied, so you'll have the opportunity to choose everything from domestic to industrial plumbing.

What will I learn?

As a plumbing apprentice, you will learn about the installation and maintenance of plumbing systems and components. You will be working under minimal supervision to complete the installation and maintenance of domestic hot water, cold water, sanitation, drainage, rainwater systems, central heating systems and components. Key health and safety standards will also feature in your programme.

English and maths will also be a key part of your study programme, and you'll study both an a level appropriate to you. After all, plumbers will need to accurately measure materials, cost invoices and communicate with teams and clients!

How will I be assessed?

Your dedicated training officer will assess most of your learning in your workplace. You'll generally attend College one day a week to ensure that you have the core underpinning knowledge related to plumbing. You'll also be assessed in English and maths, at a level to suit you.

What will I get from a Plumbing apprenticeship?

  • A nationally recognised qualification
  • GCSEs in English and maths (dependent on your previous level)
  • Relevant and applicable industry experience
  • Communication, organisation and practical skills
  • Once fully qualified, plumbers can earn on average £15,000-£40,000 per year.*

How much do apprentice plumbers get paid?

Employers must provide their apprentices with a contract of employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week, which should include your attendance at College. The National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage is £3.70 per hour, but this can be increased at the discretion of your employer. Find out more about the National Minimum Wage

What careers are available?

  • Air conditioning engineer
  • Heating engineer
  • Gas servicer
  • Plumber
  • Kitchen/bathroom fitter
  • Site manager.

Why choose MidKent College?

An apprenticeship with MidKent College will equip you with all of the skills you need to become a valuable customer service professional. Our apprenticeship advisers can also help you to find a Customer Service apprenticeship vacancy with a local employer – check out their vacancies available now.

We work with trusted local employers to ensure that what you learn on your apprenticeship is relevant, up-to-date and accurate.

Find out more

Find local plumbing apprenticeship vacancies available here

How much do plumbers get paid?*

If you're qualified, but just starting out in the industry you can expect to earn on average £15,000-£20,000 per year. More experienced plumbers can earn £20,000-£28,000 per year, whereas highly experienced plumbers can earn from £40,000. Typically plumbers work 37-40 hours a week, which can include evenings and weekends. These can increase if you're self-employed.

Is there demand for plumbers?

Yes, definitely. Plumbing is an industry that will always be in demand. From domestic to commercial plumbing, to big construction projects, plumbing and heating specialists are currently heavily sought after. The construction industry, in general, is a key economic driver; and so jobs in this sector will continue to be available. Such is the demand for plumbers; there has often been a national shortage in plumbers.

How to get a plumbing apprenticeship

Choose the level of Plumbing apprenticeship that is most appropriate to you from the selection of programmes above. A level 2 apprenticeship is approximately equivalent to GCSE, level 3 to A level and level 4 to degree level. Select “Apply online”, register your email address and then complete the required details.

You’ll need to meet set entry requirements, and we’ll invite you in for an interview, and possibly an assessment, depending on the level. But it’s nothing to worry about! We welcome applicants from those who already have an employer willing to sponsor them, as well as helping those looking for employment. You can view local apprenticeship vacancies here

Contact us

Need helping finding an employer or applying for an apprenticeship? Contact our apprenticeship advisers today by phoning 01634 383322 or by sending them an email.

Not sure if an apprenticeship is for you? Contact our careers team today.


https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/plumber