Plumbing, Heating & Gas
Plumbing is big business. Get the basics, improve your practical skills, and then specialise.
At MidKent College our Plumbing College courses give you the plumbing skills you need to excel in the industry, whether that’s working with domestic plumbing, as a central heating gas engineer, or on large scale industrial projects. Our training courses are aimed at those looking to go into the plumbing trade and those already in it, broadening your practical skills, knowledge and expertise.
Our Plumbing & Heating departments housed at our training centre campuses in Maidstone and Medway offer a range of different study programmes to suit your skill level and desired line of work studying full time or as a part-time plumbing course.
We work closely with local employers, suppliers and Summit Skills (the Skills Sector Council for Building Services Engineering) to ensure our Plumbing and Gas training course qualifications meet employer needs and standards.
What will I learn?
Your Plumbing studies will include areas such as safety, installation, maintenance and regulations, to ensure you are fully equipped to enter the construction industry upon successful completion of your training course. Depending on the level and type of course you complete, you may learn how to carry out practical tasks including technical installations such as hot and cold water sanitation, weatherings, bathroom, heating and plumbing systems. Higher-level Plumbing and heating programmes cover water regulations, building regulations, gas regulations, unvented hot water and heating.
Find out the difference between a Plumbing course and a study programme below.
Why choose a MidKent College Plumbing, Heating & Gas study programme?
Our programmes cover a range of areas that will be applicable to your career as a plumber. You’ll learn from industry professionals who’ll be able to give you advice and guidance on how to enter the construction industry, whether as an employee or owning your own business.
What level am I?
This will be dependent on the qualifications and experience that you currently have. For some very practical subjects, you'll need to start at level 1 to ensure you learn the key theory, practical knowledge and health and safety standards for your industry. Check out what level you are on our chart.
How is English & maths involved?
If you’re aged 16 to 18 years old, English and maths will be a part of your study programme. You will study both subjects at a level which is appropriate to you. You’ll then have the confidence and knowledge to measure distances and sizes, and communicate with customers effectively.
How much do plumbers get paid?
Plumbers and heating and ventilation engineers in the Medway and Maidstone areas can expect to earn on average £15.64 per hour.*
What facilities and trips are available?
We regularly send our students to see work put into practice in the plumbing industry. You’ll also visit trade shows, gain work experience and attend work-ready interviews to hone your employability skills.
What have your past students gone on to do?
Many successful students have progressed into local employment or an apprenticeship. Others have chosen to progress to building services engineering courses or advanced gas training courses.
What can I do afterwards?
Successful completion of a programme will give you the opportunity to become an air conditioning engineer, a heating engineer or gas servicer. Why not consider becoming a plumber, kitchen fitter or ventilation engineer?
Traditionally you may have studied a Plumbing course, where you would only study the qualification, such as gas regulations, heating and health and safety. A Plumbing, Heating & Gas study programme is so much more than a Plumbing course!
This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.
Find out the difference between plumbing courses and a plumbing study programme here.
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*Data taken from EMSI February 2020