All across the country there is a shortage of Plumbers with skilled workers in high demand. A quick search on seek.com.au shows that nationwide there are 100's of positions currently available. So why is there such a skill shortage? A large part of it is due to the fact that many high school students are miss informed as to what a plumber and does and believes that the skills required are all physical and no brains. But this couldn’t be further from the truth, when becoming a plumber you learn about physics, hydrodynamics and business, all while getting paid on the job.
Unlike a University degree, a career in plumbing like most trades is started via a on the job apprenticeship, in which you learn whilst you earn money. This enables you to become an independent adult quicker, and as soon as you finish your apprenticeship you're working full time, unlike university when you then have to go out and find a job, you have already been working with your co-workers for 3+ years and they know you and your skill level.
One of the best options for high school students who wish to become a plumber is through a specialty trade school. Unlike traditional high schools these schools allow you to begin your apprenticeship whilst still getting your high school certificate and graduating. They provide on the job training whilst at school and are able to place over 90% of their students in full time apprenticeships once completing year 12.
Plumbing is a regulated trade in Australia, which means you are required to complete a Certificate III in Plumbing. This qualification is offered via TAFE in your respective states and as a pre-requisite of the course, you must complete on the job training. Most plumbers who are looking to take on a first year apprentice are not only happy to be flexible around your study requirements. But they will pay for the course as well.
Once you have completed your qualification, you will need to become licensed to preform plumbing work in your state. Each state has its own accreditation authority with slightly different requirements so it is a good idea to contact them before starting your apprenticeship so you can be aware what is expected of you and when you are required to become accredited. Some states require you to take a short test just to prove you are competent and understand local state regulations. Once this is completed fill out all the appropriate forms and you will be a licenced plumber.
As you can see there is a lot more to becoming a plumber than just being physically strong as a lot of people think. And with the shortage of skilled work's, the number of vacant positions is growing daily. Here at your local plumbers, all our plumbers are fully qualified and happy to help with any and all of your plumbing needs.