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Plumbers are in charge of anything that involves pipework on a construction site or in people’s homes.
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
There is strong competition for places on plumbing courses, so you need at least four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including English, maths and science or the equivalent in Wales and Scotland.
You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a site and pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme.
Many plumbers start their construction careers as an apprentice. Apprentices study towards an NVQ/SVQ Level 2 or 3 and are taught about the maintenance and installation of various plumbing components and systems.
Explore the progression opportunities below