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Plumbing,Gas & Electrical/ Heating & Ventilation

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People with electrical installation, gas installation or plumbing skills will be in demand to provide important services such as electrical networks or central heating systems. Without these skills, our homes, workplaces and public buildings would not be warm and comfortable or safe.

At Stoke on Trent College there are lots of chances to develop your career within a business, or on the other hand many people decide to start their own business instead. Importantly, our John Seddon Building Technology Centre offers industry standard training and is amongst the best of its type in the UK. Meanwhile, our two ‘Nu Build’ off-site manufactured houses form a regional centre of excellence for eco-friendly practices, and are the only buildings of their type available for training in the UK.

You can be sure of great support throughout your course, and excellent links with local and national employers to help you find the right job.

KEY FACTS ABOUT PLUMBING,GAS & ELECTRICAL/ HEATING & VENTILATION

  • An ‘in demand’ industry
  • Range of different types of skills and opportunities to progress
  • Electricians earn around £27,500 a year
  • Gas installers earn around £30,000 a year
  • Plumbers earn around £25,000 a year

POPULAR CAREER PROGRESSION:

  • Electrician
  • Environmental Technician
  • Gas Fitter
  • Heating and Ventilation Engineer
  • Plumber
  • Renewable Energy Engineer
  • Solar Power Technical Support Engineer
Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw, aged 18, from Kidsgrove, has secured a job as an electrical Apprentice through construction company Wates.

Adam said: “I completed an access to building services course last year and began with Wates in October, who put me with their sub contractor Drayton Beaumont because they were doing all the electrical work on the site at St Thomas More Catholic College.

“After working with them for eight months they have offered me a permanent job which I’ve started this week, and I’m now off to Birmingham to do work there putting lighting in an underground car park for a supermarket.

“When I began they just had me doing the basics, like cutting through plasterboard for fittings and sizing up, but now I’m more involved in the electrical side, like looking at what wiring and circuit breakers are needed - and I’m really enjoying the work.

“I was quite surprised when I got the job and my parents were over the moon. My dad was thinking about going into electrics before he became an engineer, though my uncle had his own business doing electrical installations so it was always a trade I was familiar with. University wasn’t an option as it’s expensive and I think an Apprenticeship gets the most out of you – it’s really worthwhile.”

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