There are a number of reasons why people decide to start an apprenticeship. The director Scott fell into plumbing as a last resort because he struggled to find a career that fit. Other people leave school to start their plumbing career early or they enter the industry at a mature age once they have learned a little more about the job.
When Scott started his apprenticeship he didn’t understand the opportunities that a plumbing career could offer him. The information being fed to him was that you get qualified, start a business and then you’ve made it. It wasn’t that simple and there are a number of other reasons why you should start an apprenticeship!
Now that Scott has been in the industry for 12 years he would like to share 6 different reasons why a career in plumbing should be your first choice and not your last choice!
1. The lifestyle
The lifestyle of a Tradie is number one because it’s all people talk about. Physical work, outdoors and an early start and early finish so you can spend time with family and friends.
2. Team environment
Close behind lifestyle is the team work environment. If you find the right job you will be part of a great team that works well together to achieve results. Working in a good team means you have the support you need to grow your skillset and excel in the industry. It is important to work on growing your network because the help available across the industry will give you a great cornerstone to shine in your career.
3. Job satisfaction
Working in the trade industry can be extremely satisfying. Completing a job and being able to stand back and be proud. It is rewarding being part of the building process – you are building homes and providing comfort and luxury to peoples lives.
Plumbing is hands-on. You will learn a vast range of skills required to put together plumbing work for different projects. If you are like Scott, you will enjoy the hands-on nature of the job plus these skills are valuable and can be used outside of work in everyday life!
5. Training and development
The industry continues to evolve and new technology and systems are being introduced all the time. This presents those within the industry with opportunities to learn and continually improve. Learning new skills, new technologies and new ways of doing things can open doors in the industry. As you learn you might find you have a preference for a certain area in the industry. For instance there are a number of plumbing fields you can specialise in – commercial, industrial, residential, maintenance and many more.
6. Job opportunities
Once you have finished your apprenticeship then the doors start to open. Your experience is valued across many industries and new positions are being created all the time. Some options include:
- Work as a Qualified Plumber and team leader
- Run your own business
- Overseas job opportunities
- Work specifically on boats and caravans
- Become a hydraulic engineer with further study
- Business management
- Safety officer
That’s just to name a few.
Scott remembers the conversation around tradies wasn’t great when he was making decisions on his future. He wants to change the way people talk about a trade as a career and hopefully encourage and give a few more people confidence to make a trade their first choice.
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