It’s not too late if you’re looking for a step right into the wage-earning workforce while you gain qualifications and experience! Find out how to become an apprentice plumber in this Cork plumbers quick guide.
What is the purpose of a plumbing apprenticeship?
We made Irish plumbing apprenticeships up of seven phases, which combine on-the-job training and college education. Throughout the three college phases (off-the-job), you will gain knowledge about hot and cold water, heating installations, oil and gas installations, and more. You will put what you’ve learned into practice during the four employers (on-the-job) phases.
For your apprenticeship to become valid, you’ll have to pass all seven phases. Coursework, practical work completed in college, and on-the-job experiences will all be assessed.
Is there a plumbing apprenticeship program?
I highly regarded the Advanced National Craft Certificate in Plumbing at Level 6 in Ireland. Courses are equivalent to Higher Certificates but last for four years. It makes sense, however, to consider the skills you’ll need in the future while you’re studying for your four-year apprenticeship.
Because the Irish government has vowed to transition the country to alternative fuels, courses such as Domestic Solar Boiling Water Systems Installation and Domestic Biomass Heating Installation will prepare you for the growing demand for alternative energy.
Where can I find an apprenticeship in plumbing?
To get a job, you will need both a degree and a course. As an apprentice, you should be registered by your employer. A plumbing course can be found using good old google, or through the Employment Services Office near you.
Become proactive in your job search by contacting local plumbing firms directly, searching social media, etc. we can also find Apprenticeship jobs on this website.
Make sure that your employer is authorized to train apprentices.
To be able to register for an apprenticeship, you must be at least 16 years old and have one of the following:
- The passing grade for five or more Junior Certificate Examination subjects; or
- Experience of three years related to the occupation; or
- Successful completion of approved pre-apprenticeship courses
You also need to take a color vision test approved by SOLAS to qualify for a plumbing apprenticeship.
Is there a salary and a cost of being a plumbing apprentice?
A registration fee is required for training at a higher education institution. The current price for plumbing is €1000. There’s a problem with that. You’re getting a pay raise and a training allowance.
The wage you will receive as you work with your employer will be agreed upon by both of you. Taking advantage of the new regulations, if you’re under 18, you’ll begin at the minimum wage of €6.68 an hour, an amount that previously applied to trainees.
The local ETB (Education and Training Board) will give you a training allowance during the college phases. Typical salaries in the industry were used for this calculation. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay between €245.84 in year two to €664.44 in your fourth year of apprenticeship; although the apprenticeships website cautions that it could be less in some cases!
Are there any other considerations?
Think about the practicalities of plumbing courses and jobs when you consider them. Think about the time it will take you to travel to college and your job; and if you’re taking public transit, does it run early enough to accommodate your classes / early starts?
Here is a quick guide about plumbing apprenticeships in Ireland that we hope answers some of your questions. Wishing you all the best!